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.