According to ClubCall, Newcastle United have sent scouts to watch Olympiakos midfielder Mady Camara in Europa League action – and they were left ‘impressed’ by what they saw from the 21-year-old.
The report claims that a club scout was present to watch him in the Greek side’s recent Europa League qualifier against Burnley, however they claim that Bundesliga side Frankfurt have also been tracking him.
Camara is a holding midfielder who stands 6ft tall, with him playing the full 90 minutes in Olympiakos’ Europa League stalemate with Real Betis on Thursday night.
Here’s a snippet from ClubCall’s piece:
‘Reports in Greece claim a Magpies scout, who had gone to watch another Olympiakos player, was impressed by the 21-year-old Guinea international in his side’s recent Europa League clash with Burnley.
‘Eintracht are also now thought to be following his progress as the Bundesliga club sent a scout to Thursday night’s Europa League clash against Real Betis in Pireus, which finished 0-0.
‘Camara has been a revelation in Greece since joining on a free transfer from Ligue 2 outfit Ajaccio in the summer.
‘Olympiakos can now expect to make a tidy profit on the player if they decide to sell with some reports suggesting he could fetch between 10 and 15m euros.’
If true, that last line makes me think there’s little chance of such a deal being sanctioned by Ashley in January.
We didn’t spend over £9.5m on a single player over the summer, so I’m not expecting us to make offers of £10m plus for a 21-year-old midfielder who’s yet to prove himself in any of Europe’s top leagues.
I do feel we need another holding midfielder – with an ageing Mo Diame being our only good option at present – however I can only see there being anything in this if Camara can be signed at a bargain price.