A quite incredible claim has emerged from Portuguese outlet Jornal de Notícias, suggesting former NUFC flop and current Sporting Lisbon striker Seydou Doumbia could return to Tyneside this summer.
News from Portugal always has to be taken with a pinch of salt (see previous links to Semedo and Carvalho), but this one should be met with tablespoons of the stuff.
It does seem that the 30-year-old Ivorian will be leaving Sporting this summer, but a return to Newcastle is perhaps his most unlikely destination – even if he’s reportedly available for just €7m.
Some would say he never got a chance on Tyneside, but his spell at St James’ in 2016 really was a total disaster.
The Chronicle revealed recently that Rafa was not impressed with his attitude, with his lack of intensity in training appearing to be one of the main reasons he was rarely included in any matchday squads.
He may have just shy 200 goals in in 342 career appearances, but he played just 29 minutes of football at NUFC, is notoriously known to be a bad trainer, has recently turned 30 and has reoccurring fitness issues.
An amusing rumour, but a player that Benitez will not be pursuing – that I am quite certain of.
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