Newcastle were reported to be interested in Genk midfielder Kara Mbodj in December and January, and news today that Newcastle are continuing to watch the 25 year-old, with a view to signing him over the summer.
Kara Mbodj – 6’4″ Gent defender
Kara can play at center-back but can also in central midfield, so the 6’4″ 15 times capped Senegal International is a versatile player.
If the news in January is to be believed then West Ham, West Brom and Celtic were also interested in signing the player, after he impressed with his performances for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Newcastle will no doubt get some feedback from Papiss Cisse on just how good this 25 year-old is.
Newcastle need a good central defender brought in this summer, and there’s a decent likelihood that Cheick Tiote will be sold in the summer, so we’ll need to bring in a defensive midfielder too.
It seems that Newcastle would need to pay £5M for the Gent player, and we may even be able to afford that fee. 😀
The Genk manager is the former Birmingham, Aston Villa and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, and in January a fee of £7M is what the former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager wanted for his player.
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.
He has played 21 times with one goal this season, and at Genk he has played a total of 80 games with 5 goals.
This lad looks a decent player and for £5M would seem to be a good acquisition.
What do you think?
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