Leicester City are closing in on former Newcastle target Boubakary Soumare. The Lille midfielder is expected to complete a £18m move to the King Power stadium once the window opens. It was just 18 months ago that the now 22-year-old turned down Newcastle after a bid of over £30m had been accepted.
If The Foxes get their man, that could spell the end for their Academy product, Hamza Choudhury. The 23-year-old was Steve Bruce’s top target during the winter window. However, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers kept the tough-tackling midfielder behind despite him not featuring much for the first half of the season.
Choudhury’s appearances increased in February and early March making three starts over a six-match stretch. He had only made one league start previously. However, the appearances dried up in April and May as the former England U21 international played just 18 minutes in the campaign’s final two months.
Much like Josh King has resurfaced as a target now that he’s available, Choudhury’s uncertain future at Leicester has him linked to Newcastle once again. Football Insider is reporting that Bruce has already spoken to Choudhury about coming to Newcastle.
Choudhury is under contract until 2023 so would cost a significant fee for a permanent move. Bruce could be looking at a season-long loan move with limited funds to work with this summer. However, he could again be left frustrated as Leicester may be hesitant to make a quick decision.
Leicester have lost a star player to one of the big boys in each of the past five seasons (N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell). That could continue this year with midfielder Youri Tielemans being tracked by Liverpool and Manchester United. Wilfred Ndidi has also been linked with a move recently.
While Leicester appear to be adding a midfielder in Soumare, they could spend much of the summer fending off interest in two of their midfield stars. So that could delay a decision on Hamza Choudhury’s future.