News in the People yesterday that the striker Chris Hughton wants to bring to Newcastle is Fulham’s Senegal International Diomansy Kamara.
Diomansy Kamara – wants to join Newcastle
The People also says that Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has recently fallen out with the striker, after Roy refused the Senegalese star a loan move to Newcastle.
But it also seems like Chris Huighton, the Newcastle manager is willing to wait a while to see if he can eventually capture Kamara on loan.
It’s hard to keep a player at a club if he has indicated he wants to leave, even it is only initially on loan.
And with Newcastle now topping the Championship, and even looking the class team of the division, the Tyneside club, averaging 40,000 home gates in the Championship, seems still a huge draw to players.
It seems that Hughton may be willing to wait until Fulham’s strikers are back to full strength, following injury.
The 28 year-old Paris-born striker, who stands 6’1″ has played 43 times for Senegal with 9 goals and started his career with Red Star 93 in France in 1998.
He eventually joined Portsmouth in 2004 for a £2.5M fee from Italian club Modena, and then went onto WBA in 2005, until he joined the London club in 2007 for a £6M fee.
But an ACL injury (similar to Owen’s injury sustained against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup) while playing for Senegal in a match against Liberia in June 2008, required reconstructive surgery and more than 6 months in recovery time.
This player looks more than decent and has played 253 first class games with 60 goals.
Oh yes, we almost forgot to mention that it was Kamara who scored Fulham’s winning goal in the first half at St. James’ Park last May, which sent Newcastle to a 1-0 home defeat – when a draw would have kept Newcastle in the Premier League – as it turned out.
Maybe Kamara remembers that game, with Newcastle struggling against relegation, still had a sell-out 52000 crowd at St. James’ Park.
Such is the Newcastle fans’ passion for their club, which seems to have gone unabated even in England’s second division.