Newcastle Are Still Keen On This 28-Year-Old Dominant African Defender


There are (more) reports coming out of Turkey that Newcastle are interested in Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji.

We were interested in Kara in the summer, and the reports have continues that Rafa Benitez would like to sign the tall defender who stands just short of 6ft 4ins tall.

The 56 times capped center-back can also play in defensive midfield so he is a versatile player who could be used in different positions by Rafa Benitez.

Mbodji is a dominant physical player whose style seems well suited to the Premier League, so it’s hardly surprising that there are several PL clubs interested in signing him.

He played in the World Cup qualifying home game against South Africa on Tuesday and scored the winner three minutes into stoppage time to give Senegal a 2-1 win.

That left unbeaten Senegal top of Group D with 14 points (4 wins, 2 draws) from their 6 games, and they qualify for the World Cup next summer in Russia.

Kara Mbodji – 28-year-old Anderlecht defender

Last summer Kara signed a one-year extension to his contract to keep him at the Belgian club through 2021, even though there was interest at that time from some English clubs.

The other Premier League sides said to be interested in the player include Leicester City, Swansea, Crystal Palace, and Brighton; there is also interest from clubs in Italy and Spain.

Mbodji is priced at £10M, and if Rafa rates the tall defender, we could be trying to sign him in January, especially if we have new owners by then.

Newcastle will be linked with lots of players in January because Steve Nickson, the Head of Recruitment has identified five different players for each position at Newcastle.

So that’s 55 players we could officially be after during the next two transfer windows.

If we do have new owners, Rafa is going to want to bring in as many new players as he can in January and also offload some other players.

But Rafa will also want to concentrate on the games in January, so we assume Lee Charnley will again take the lead on negotiating the transfers.

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138 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Smileypooemoji!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Formal offer is days away (potentially Friday) but could withhold it until Weds next week.

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3
  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Hibbit, Shirebrook

    Great news about the completion of due diligence.
    Let’s all hope that Ashley’s greed doesn’t hamper any further negotiations, he’s realistic about the club’s worth as any potential buyer sees it and that its sale can be completed quickly – to a buyer who really wants to take Newcastle to a higher level

    We can but hope that you’ll give us poor posters enough notice of completion so we can organise the celebrations – and wish Ashley all the success he deserves.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #5

    lesh,
    It will be interesting to see what Gallowgate flags come up with.

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  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib

    Who? You?

    Oh yes, but only in the interests of keeping the conversations flowing.

    It’s Nice to be Nice Week, so do your best. 🙂

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #7

    After he’s gone. I can think of a few nice words for him 😀

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  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail for Ashley

    The flags group’ll be bound by the rules of propriety so we see some heart felt message like ‘Bye bye – it’s been an experience’

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve been told either friday. (maybe not because of man utd match)

    So weds next week is pencilled in.
    . For an offer being released to press

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  • hibbit

    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Shire
    do you know who the offers from ?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Image of Shearer – looks to me he’s in the desert somewhere. Must be the United Arab Emirates. Must have something to do with tyhe sale.

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/10/22/09/2DA587E800000578-3284275-image-m-25_1445501515359.jpg

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  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Mr Tuff
    You are allowed to check the date on the pic
    In this case
    October 2015

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  • cyprus

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Three things to do on blog.

    1. Vote for win. Check
    2. Wonder why these old CF s are slamming mitro.
    3. We should use all funds for a CF.

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  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Apart from that it was really funny
    What a card you

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Hibbit
    Didn’t say mate

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  • hibbit

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Shire

    would only confirm 2 bidders no names

    it will be a turn up if its not Amanda Staveley LOL

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  • hibbit

    Nov 15, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    ******mine would only confirm 2 bidders no names

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 15, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib Jibberish – very decent of you to acknowledge my excellent gag. I had anticipated the usual suspects/those without humour, piling in/jumping in to spout their faux outrage but now as it is obviously a joke they will resheath their daggers and return to the shadows awaiting their next opportunity to strike.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 15, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Aha – bidder with no name. Easy peasy got that straight away.

    http://www.trbimg.com/img-54b5d4b3/turbine/la-ca-0916-clint-eastwood-career_pictures-009

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 15, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #20

    So Tosun for £20m or Torres on loan and pay his wages ?
    Sky Bet thinks Torres is a good bet.
    Maybe just maybe he gets a shot of adrenalin in front of 52,000 at SJP, crowd up for it, goals go in, points go on the board. You can see the attraction. and of course Sky TV would love the audience figures and advertising revenues it attracts. I sometimes feel we’re on the set of Mad Max. At least we’re not dull. Not sure we can wait until 3rd February – must mean January, lazy article.

    Newcastle have been installed as the favourites to sign Fernando Torres in the January transfer window, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
    Sky Bet priced the north-east giants at 6/1 on Wednesday afternoon to land the Atletico Madrid striker by 3 February of next year.
    Newcastle are ahead in the betting of a number of other Premier League clubs, including Southampton (8/1), West Ham (16/1) and Everton (25/1).

    This comes after the Mirror reported that the 33-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea forward is eyeinga potential return to Premier League football and his representatives have informed the Magpies of his availability in January.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 15, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Shire

    Are they making the offer to Ashley then releasing it to the press?

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  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Breaking !!!!!
    Ashley sale on Skynews !!!!!!!

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  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Sorry! sorry!
    it was an

    advert for a Christmas sale at Laura Ashley

    whoops
    😀

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  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Shirebrook

    No doubting the quality of your info but I’d have thought that a bid announcement would make sense only if the parties had agreed acceptance in principle thus leaving only the mechanics to be sorted out.

    Whichever, it sounds as though things are moving along nicely.

    Jail

    If Ashley does bail out, presumably you’ll be keeping your name in the hope that he gets his just desserts in the fullness of time?

    You surely wouldn’t be thinking of ending your campaign when he’s embarked on some other venture like buying Sunlun and throwing everything at it just to spite us Toon fans?

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  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #25

    lesh
    Shirebrook
    parties had agreed acceptance in principle thus leaving only the mechanics to be sorted out.

    We starting a F1 team off !!!!!

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  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail

    Maybe the Flags group’ll rock up at SJP with an image of an SD flag flying at half mast.

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #27

    It seems to me that the news will be broken
    after we get a good shellacking
    off of the Red Mancx

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  • Online Guy

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Oldgit1

    are you reading ?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh…if I got that wrong then I stand corrected as said earlier…

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  • magscar

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #30

    hibbit

    See Ashley was in your neck of the woods (Linthorpe Road Boro) today any news on local ground as to whether he is looking to buy out Steve Gibson once he gets his money? Still know sme Boro fans so hope not!

    🙂

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  • jazzyp

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Shirebrook

    Is it Paddington or Winnie that are the potential buyers??

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  • jazzyp

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Staveley in the crowd at Wembley last night to check on Neymar prior to bringing him to Nufc

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  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #33
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Only one bidder according to my source

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  • jazzyp

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #35
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Jazzy
    27th mate. Don’t get too carried away lol

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Jib
    That’s the Mechanic for the deal 😆

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  • jazzyp

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Shirebrook

    Jumped the gun again mate ..Sorry

    Where is these guys with the inside info who are saying 2 bidders then eh. And where is sparky with the Geordie Bidder

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Shirebrooke you and hibbib got everybody on the edge of there seats pmsl check back later after gym see what going on .

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Clineath

    A cross bow bolt may very well be the answer, but to a different question and I certainly do not advocate violence.

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