With a major overhaul of the Newcastle squad predicted this summer, one of the first bits of business to come through the door could be the acquisition of Genk midfielder Kara Mbodji.
A Magpies target according to a new report from the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old can operate as either a defender or defensive midfielder.
Perhaps that is why the Senegal international is being talked up as a potential replacement for Cheick Tiote.
The Ivorian has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury and remains the subject of several rumours linking him with a move away from St James’ Park
Best known for his dogged displays from the midfield, Tiote’s finest moment for the Magpies remains that memorable goal against Arsenal in a sensational 4-4 draw.
However, anyone worried that Mbodji may struggle to replicate that kind of strike should watch on for a memorable goal, scored by the Senegalese star during a Belgian league clash between Genk and Anderlecht.
Showcasing the 25-year-old’s pace, passing and finishing skills, the goal is strangely reminiscent of Tiote’s wonder goal and came against arguably the biggest team in Belgium.
Valued at around £5 million according to various reports, it could prove money well spent for a player who looks more than capable of setting the Premier League alight.