Newcastle United's on-loan star Seydou Doumbia is "touch and go" to make his debut against Everton at Goodison Park on 3 February. The 28-year-old Ivorian joined the Magpies on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day, and manager Steve McClaren revealed the striker is still waiting to receive his visa.
Doumbia joined the relegation-threatened club from Roma. However, the loan agreement also includes the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. "We're hoping (Doumbia will be available). It's touch and go, but if not tomorrow, then Saturday," McClaren said during a pre-match press conference, according to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
Newcastle signed Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey during the January transfer window, while the Magpies also made a last-ditch bid to buy Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion. McClaren admitted the Berahino deal would have been "a bonus" for the club, but he was otherwise delighted with their transfer business.
"Our signings show a statement of intent. We have a very good squad. The club and the players needed these deals," the Newcastle boss insisted.
Townsend is set to play some part in the game at Goodison Park. Meanwhile, McClaren revealed Paul Dummett is available and Jack Colback is close to a return to fitness. He said, too, that Massadio Haidara will be back with the first-team in March.