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Seydou Doumbia would add the same kind of goal threat that Ba currently offers.
In addition to Cheick Tiote, Pardew is reportedly hoping for further success with Ivory Coast-born players.
Seydou Doumbia would slot in as a direct replacement for Ba; although Ba is stronger in possession, Doumbia has excellent pace and control that enable him to get into a lot of goalscoring opportunities.
This has been evident all his career, from his early years in Switzerland when he was primarily used as a substitute, through to his first-team opportunities.
It seems obvious to suggest that more playing time automatically brings more goals, but that's not always the case. Some strikers are best utilised as impact players off the bench, but Doumbia isn't one of them.
The longer he spent on the pitch, the more he scored. He hit 30 goals in his second season at Young Boys Bern and moved on to CSKA Moscow as a result. This free-scoring rate continued in Russia, and he has now attracted the attention of Europe.
In order to bring him to Tyneside, it was reported by The Daily Mail that Pardew would have to hand over £16 million in order to compete with Juventus and Lazio, two other clubs looking to acquire Doumbia.
This wouldn't please owner Mike Ashley, especially if Ba's £7.5 million release clause is activated in the January window.
In an ideal world, Newcastle would bring in Doumbia to play alongside Ba and Cisse, but the money is unlikely to be available without the loss of Ba. Even with the departure of the Premier League's top scorer, £16 million is going to be asking a lot.