Boubacar Kamara has turned down a new contract as Newcastle United look to lure the Marseille midfielder to the Premier League for a bargain £15 million, as reported by Alfredo Pedulla.
A club renowned for its instability on and off the pitch appears to have got its act together of late – in the transfer market at least.
And, yes, we’re talking about Marseille, not a Newcastle side yet to spend a penny in 2021.
Les Phoceens have enhanced Jorge Sampaoli’s squad with six first-team signings this summer alone, landing Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba on loan from Arsenal while paying about £22 million for Flamengo’s Gerson.
Many at the Stade Velodrome will still be disappointed to see Kamara go, however, with the Marseille-born academy graduate rising through the ranks to become one of the first names on the team sheet.
Kamara is out of contract in 2022. And, according to Alfredo Pedulla, the France U21 international this week turned down the chance to sign a new deal at his home-town club.
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That’s unlikely to go unnoticed at St James’ Park with The Mirror reporting Steve Bruce hopes to bring in a player equally comfortable in midfield or defence, his composure in possession, work rate and leadership qualities catching the eye.
The report adds Liverpool and Manchester City had shown an interest in the past but, as it stands, Newcastle appear to be the most likely Premier League destination for a man also in the sights of AC Milan and Lazio.
“I think I’m ready to go anywhere after what I have experienced at OM,” Kamara said in April, having seemingly grown tired of life at a club that tends to lurch from crisis to catastrophe at breakneck speed.
“It is necessary to understand there’s a huge difference between the absolute value of a player and his value at a time when he has only one year left on his contract,” his agent, Bruno Satin, would later add.
“With a contract expiring next year, if OM manage to get €20 million or €25 million (for Kamara) it would be, in my opinion, a good deal.”