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Newcastle interested in Olympiakos midfielder Mady Camara

Newcastle United are reportedly in the race to sign Olympiakos midfielder Mady Camara, although will face competition from another Premier League club for his signature.

What’s the word?

According to Football Insider, the Magpies – as well as Leicester City – are eyeing a move for the 25-year-old before the window slams shut, with both clubs said to be keen on signing a new defensive midfielder this summer.

The report suggests that the Greek outfit could be forced to cash in on the Guinea international, having missed out on progression to the Champions League group stage after slipping up in qualifying last month.

The 21-cap gem has spent the past four seasons with his current side after joining from Ajaccio back in 2018, although his future is somewhat uncertain with just under two years remaining on his existing deal.

Fill Shelvey void

While the Foxes are likely looking for a new midfield addition amid doubts regarding reported Arsenal target Youri Tielemans, for those at Newcastle a new recruit has become a necessity following the injury sustained by Jonjo Shelvey in pre-season.

The Englishman is facing an extended period on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his hamstring, with the 30-year-old unlikely to feature again until after the World Cup – effectively ruling him out of the first half of the season.

With manager Eddie Howe having also sanctioned the loan departure of Isaac Hayden to Norwich City earlier in the window, the Tynesiders have been left distinctly short of options in the centre of the park.

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In need of someone to fill the void, the addition of Camara could well be an ideal solution, with the £9.9m-rated machine having impressed at his current side of late, scoring 19 goals and providing 13 assists in 181 games in all competitions from his central midfield berth.

Also comfortable in a more defensive-minded berth, the 6 foot ace particularly caught the eye in last season’s Europa League campaign, averaging 1.8 tackles and 0.8 clearances per game from his eight outings in the competition.

Lauded as a “tremendous” talent by journalist Konstantinos Lianos, the £11k-per-week titan could well help to plug a hole in Howe’s side were he to be signed before the window closes, with Wednesday’s narrow victory over Tranmere Rovers perhaps proving that more quality depth is needed for the northeast side, if they are to enjoy a successful season.

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While Camara – who has also been labelled a “quality player” by Linos – may not be the high-profile addition that some supporters are craving, his capture could prove integral ahead of another long and gruelling campaign in which resources will seemingly be stretched to the full.

Therefore, he could be the exact man that Dan Ashworth needs to bring to the club before deadline day next week.

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