Newcastle have already been linked with Racing Genk center-back Kara Mbodj already this month, and he plays for Senegal, so we suppose Papiss Cisse knows him well.
Kara Mbodj on the left at the London Olympics in 2012
The Herald in Scotland is reporting today that Celtic are also interested in a possible January move for the 12 times capped Senegal International center-back, who can also play in defensive midfield.
West Ham United and Crystal Palace are also said to be interested in signing the 6’4″ player.
Former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is the Genk manager, and he wants a cool £7M for his player, and that fee may scare off Newcastle, who like to get bargain buys in the transfer market.
Kara is a powerful player and an excellent header of the ball, and since he joined Genk he’s made 75 appearances for them with four goals and two assists.
Mbodj started his career in Norway with Tromso back in 2010, before moving to Belgian club Racing Genk in January of 2013 for €2M, on an initial three and a half year contract.
But that contract has since been extended and runs out at the end of June, 2018, so he will not be cheap in the transfer market.
He played 83 times for Tromso with 10 goals and two assists, and 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 for big bucks and join a club like Arsenal.
But the 25 year-old has been playing center-back for his Belgian club this season, and as you may expect he plays a physical type of game.
Mbodj played in both of Senegal’s recent African Cup of Nations qualifying games against Egypt and Botswana – both wins.
He scored the International first goal in the 3-0 home win against Botswana, which was enough to qualify Senegal for the finals starting next month in Equatorial Guinea.
We’ll just have to wait and see if Newcastle bring in any players over the January transfer window, and maybe if we have a bad December in terms of results, that may entice Mike Ashley to spend some money next month?
The last thing Ashley wants is to have Newcastle relegated (again) from the money making Premier League – that seems to be his vision for Newcastle United – to keep us in England’s top league.
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