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January Midfield Target Now Tops Bruce’s Summer Transfer List – Report

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.

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48 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jun 7, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #41

    I wouldn’t be against signing Willock and Choudhury

  • toon22

    Jun 7, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #42

    But we’re being sold arnt we ?
    Who’s going to sign for a club just before that , with a manager who won’t be here doing the talking

    What we need and what we get have always been two very different things at the toon with the turf as an owner

  • toon22

    Jun 7, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #43

    Turd …

  • lochinvar

    Jun 7, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #44

    Cloudberry no thanks.
    Gayle out.
    Willox in.

    Then follow that with meaningful signings.
    Most clubs will try not to sell their best players knowing that come July the new owners of Newcastle United will be in the market for them.

  • lesh

    Jun 7, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #45


    It matters not when the window opens. A player can be signed before the window opens, the contract to be effective from it opening.

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  • lesh

    Jun 7, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #46

    As far as the meeting between Raab and MBS, it’s happened, in Saudi Arabia.


    It’s noticeable that reference has been made to developing Saudi-UK joint-ventures (JV).

    The the PCP-led takeover consortium includes PIF along with the UK based Reubens……….. a JV?

  • Solano slice

    Jun 7, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #47

    Afternoon bloggers, hope ye all had good weekend and enjoyed the sunshine.
    Been good catching up on the blog lately light hearted debating at its finest.

    Must say don’t think iv ever been less excited over a football tournament than the euro’s but at least it’s something to watch in the close season. There is a silver lining I am off atm and will most likely get to watch it all.
    My lack of enthusiasm is probably because we have no Irish team in it AGAIN, but as magic I think it was said we just don’t have the players and haven’t for a while.

    I have my team in the Ed Harrison league and will give it a shot. Should be big of craic anyway.

  • Solano slice

    Jun 7, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #48

    I hope VAR is used wisely and v little in this tournament but it will probably cover more headlines than the football lol


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