The Mail is reporting that Newcastle United are watching 25 year-old Genk midfielder Kara Mbodj, a defensive midfielder or center-back, who stands just short of 6′ 4¨ tall.
Kara Mbodj – Genk and Senegal defensive midfielder
Kara can play in defensive midfield or at center-back, and with Cheick Tiote likely to leave Newcastle – if not in January than in the summer – Newcastle will be wanting to bring in a defensive midfielder, to challenge Mehdi Abeid for that position – always assuming Cheick leaves the club.
The fact that the twice capped Senegal International can also play at center-half adds cover for a position that Newcastle will need to strengthen soon when Coloccini’s contract runs out a year come June.
Kara is a powerful players and an excellent header of the ball and since he joined Genk he’s made 74 appearances with four goals and two assists.
The Genk manager is the former Birmingham, Aston Villa and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, who is said to want £7M for his top player, with a number of Premier league clubs reported to be after the player.
But that seems a high price for the player and Newcastle could probably get him for less than that.
Kara started his career in Norway with Tromso, before moving to Belgian club Genk in January of 2013 for €2M, on an initial three and a half year deal, but that contract has since been extended and runs out in June of 2018.
Kara played 83 times for Tromso with 10 goals and two assists, and in fact he is quite versatile and has been known to play in attacking central midfield too.
Kara could possibly be the replacement for Cheick Tiote should Cheick leave the club in January, but if Newcastle can get £15M for Tiote and bring in Kara Mbodj for less than half that amount – owner Mike Ashley might think that’s a good deal for the club.
Kara played in both of Senegal’s recent African Cup of Nations qualifying games against Egypt and Botswana – both wins – and he scored the first goal in the 3-0 home win against Botswana, which was enough to qualify Senegal for the finals in January/February to take place in Equatorial Guinea.
Here’s Kara scoring against Anderlecht recently.
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