It has been widely reported that Steve Bruce will have funds available this winter if he feels additions are necessary to improve the squad. A lot of the decisions on transfers will depend on the predicament facing the club at the time the window opens. League position, injuries, and target availability will determine the type of business Newcastle do in January.
The Chronicle are reporting that Steve Bruce has recently held a scouting summit with Newcastle’s recruitment team as they prepare for the coming winter window.
The report states that the club may look to add one or two quality players but only if they can get them at the right price. They won’t overhaul the team this winter but will instead look to supplement the existing squad.
The exclusive report also says that special attention will be paid to players in the 17-21 year-old range. European scout Paul Baker has been on extensive scouting missions for youth players in advance of the transfer window.
One player that was specifically mentioned is Marseille center-back Boubacar Kamara. The 19-year-old is already a first-team player for the Ligue 1 side. He has 57 appearances for his hometown club and made his first French U-21 appearance earlier this month.
Boubacar Kamara – 19-year-old has piqued Newcastle’s interest
While Marseille use Kamara primarily as a center-back, the player’s future more likely lies in defensive midfield or left-back. His timing in the challenge is uncanny and he could be a force as a ball-winning midfielder. He can also pick a pass once winning possession.
His recovery speed is excellent and has also played at left-back a few times for Marseille. The issue with the player as a central defender is that he is only 6 feet tall. This is on the short side in today’s day and age for a premier center-back. He is also not a very physical defender relying more on guile and timing in his challenges.
Kamara is reportedly valued at £16m by Marseille and has just signed a contract extension to 2022 last month. Everton is also reportedly tracking the youngster.