Newcastle United have upped their interest in Boubacar Kamara – launching a £10million bid for the Marseille midfielder, according to the Daily Mail.
The same piece also states that we’re waiting to hear if we’ll be given the green light to sign Joe Willock following a loan enquiry, with a bid for Kamara being made after the never-ending wait for a decision at Arsenal’s end.
The Mail claim that we’re working on a deal for Axel Tuanzebe as well – but Simon Jones reports that Man Utd are currently demanding a £5m loan fee for the centre-back.
Back to Kamara, the French U21 star has just one year left on his current contract and it’s claimed we are hoping to strike a deal at a cut-price fee of around £10million, with Mike Ashley unwilling to spend big.
Joe Willock has been our number one target throughout the summer following his successful loan spell last season, but The Gunners appear to be playing hardball on any second deal.
As a result, it seems our focus has temporarily shifted to Kamara , a more defensive-minded midfielder, who can also play in central defence.
This would make sense given he could be available on the cheap, with Bruce not only in the market for TWO midfielders and a centre-back, but aware that any expensive permanent deals will have to be for players under the age of 24 – as per Mike Ashley’s transfer policy.
At the time of writing, NUFC remain the only club in the Premier League that has not signed anyone, a theme that is symbolic of Ashley’s 14-year tenure on Tyneside.