Report: Scouts watch £5m-rated Kara Mbodj - Newcastle and West Ham continue to be linked

Newcastle United and West Ham United are among a number of clubs interested in £5million-rated Senegal defender Kara Mbodj.

According to the Mail, scouts were out in force watching Genk centre back Kara Mbodj during their 1-0 friendly win over Charlton on Wednesday.

The report states that West Ham United, Newcastle United and Everton have all watched the powerful central defender, who is available for £5million, over the recent months and his representative has backed him to be an asset to any Premier League club.

‘’There is plenty of interest in Kara,’’ his agent, Mark McKay, was quoted as saying in the Mail. ‘’He’s big, powerful but composed too. He’d be an asset to any Premier League side and he’s keen to test himself in England.’’

Would Mbodj be a good signing for a Premier League side?

The 25-year-old is ever-present in Genk’s side and can play both at centre half and in defensive midfield.

He’s an athletic player, who is perfectly built for the Premier League, and has the quality to make an impact at the top level.

At £5million, he represents very good value in the current market and that could see a side take a chance on him at some point this summer.

Any player coming over from the Belgian league will be dubbed as a gamble, but he’s a player on the radar of a number of clubs for the right reasons.

Both Newcastle and West Ham are looking to finish in the top half this season and may need to take a number of gambles in the hope that a few pay off. After all, one good season in the Premier League can add £10-15million to a player’s valuation

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