Report: Newcastle make enquiry for Kara Mbodj in hope of summer deal

Newcastle have reportedly registered an interest in signing Genk star Kara Mbodj.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle have made an enquiry for Genk midfielder Kara Mbodj ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Magpies are in turmoil right now, with Saturday's 3-0 defeat away at Leicester City meaning the Magpies have now lost eight games in a row.

Interim boss John Carver is under huge pressure to keep Newcastle in the top flight, given that they currently sit just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Despite their perilous position, it seems that Newcastle are preparing summer transfer targets - clearly with the idea of staying in the Premier League.

The Daily Mail believe that Newcastle have not only been pursuing Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marseille playmaker Florian Thauvin, but have also made an enquiry to sign Genk star Mbodj.

The 25-year-old, who can play at centre back or in holding midfield, is a powerful, versatile player who has impressed with Genk since moving over to Belgium from Norwegian side Tromso in 2012.

Genk won't want to lose their star man this summer, so could be looking for a huge fee if Newcastle are indeed interested in landing him this summer - and of course, much will depend on which division the Magpies are in next season as they pursue a deal for the Senegal international. 

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