Could Cisse help Newcastle secure the signing of £7m target Kara Mbodj in January?

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Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse may hold the key in their pursuit of Kara Mbodj in January.

Newcastle United are interested in signing Kara Mbodj in January, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Mapgies have added the central midfielder to their wishlist after he impressed the club's scouts when they have watched him in action for Genk this season. 

Mbodj has played a starring role for the Belgian side, who are managed by former Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish, and it means that they value him highly.

The 25-year-old will set Newcastle back £7 million if they are to sign him, but he is able to play in two positions making him a valuable asset to any side.

Although Mbodj is more comfortable as a destructive force in midfield, he has also proven to be adept at centre-back and would, therefore, offer cover in a position which Newcastle lack depth. 

Newcastle's chances of signing Mbodj could be boosted by the fact that he is already known to Papiss Cisse.

The pair have been international teammates together and having a Cisse at St. James' Park is likely to make the move more appealing to Genk star.

It should also make his transition to life in England easier, as he will not be stepping completely into the unknown. 

Newcastle have also been linked with making January moves for the likes of Andre-Pierre Gignac and Memphis Depay in recent times. 

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