Newcastle United are making a dramatic bid to buy a Marseille midfielder from under the noses of Premier League rivals. So, among other football transfer news today, Newcastle have joined the race to sign Boubacar Kamara, a Marseille star.
The Marseille anchor-man, 22, is a free agent at the end of this season, that is, the 2021-22 campaign.
And the Toon’s transfer team have lined up talks with Kamara’s agents — and hope to agree a deal with him before sorting out a fee with the French giants.
New coach Eddie Howe (football transfer) told Newcastle’s owners that he wants Premier League experience from any potential inbound transfers. But, at the same time, Howe also believes Kamara is too good to miss and should be snapped up quickly.
In fact, Toon’s top scout Steve Nickson has been working in foreign talent for months. And despite Howe’s preferences it is becoming obvious that Newcastle will have to widen the net beyond the Premier League.
Megabucks Toon are being careful not to overspend and set a bar that makes every signing more expensive.
Kieran Trippier is still a major target for right-back but Newcastle have yet to finalise negotiations about his wages.
Temporary transfer fixer Nicky Hammond is also now pushing for a bid to be made for Reims striker Bilal Toure.
The Mali ace, 20, has keen eyes on him as a potential star in the French top flight in the meantime, though, Toure has one goal to his name this term.
Newcastle Have Joined the Race to Sign Boubacar Kamara
As part of their newly-budgeted transfer strategy, Newcastle plan to fix Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on personal terms. And they will offer as much as £10 million to buy him in the winter transfer window of January.
That kind of money could see off interest from other, more prominent Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea.
After all, most of Kamara’s potential suitors want to wait until he comes for nothing (free agency) in the summer.