Video: Proof reported Newcastle target can hit them like Tiote

Genk midfielder Kara Mbodji has been linked with a move to St James’ Park in the summer as a possible replacement for Cheick Tiote – this may explain why.

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.

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