According to an exclusive story from Turkish-football, Newcastle are one of several Premier League clubs to have held talks with Anderlecht centre-back Kara Mbodj – and his Turkish agent Ediz Balkan has confirmed he’s held talks with a host of English clubs in London over the weekend.
Mbodj is a 6ft 4′ centre-half who’s also capable of operating as a holding midfielder and has racked up 56 caps for Senegal.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been linked with a move for him either, with it being reported a few years ago that we were scouting him in the 2014/15 season during his spell with fellow Belgian side Genk.
The latest reports suggest we are one of several Premier League clubs pursuing the Senegalese powerhouse ahead of the January window, and his agents has done little to play down those rumours when asked about our potential interest:
“Kara has attracted a lot of interest from Premier League sides, we held talks with representatives from those clubs in London last Sunday. There are six-seven clubs from the Premier League in talks but I can’t reveal the offers right now.”
The Anderlecht star turned 28 this month, and whilst Benitez is more inclined to go for ageing players when compared to managers in previous regimes, I also find this one unlikely given he’s a centre-back – an area which will surely be the least of our worries in the upcoming transfer window.
Given his versatility and the likelihood that Chancel Mbemba could be moved on this winter should the right offer come in, there’s a chance that he could be being checked out as a potential squad filler, but I’d put this in the bracket of highly unlikely for now.
A £10m move for a 28-year old operating at centre-back or defensive midfielder (two positions low on our priority list) doesn’t seem to add up to me.
Nevertheless, here’s him in action: