Newcastle United are interested in a deal to bring Aguibou Camara to St. James’ Park in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Foot Mercato, who claim that both Newcastle and Liverpool are keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Olympiacos midfielder ahead of a potential move for the 20-year-old in the winter market.
The report goes on to state that there are as many as 10 clubs interested in the Guinea international, although it is also suggested that the Greek side are unlikely to want to part with the youngster this January – with a further report claiming that the Super League side have slapped a £20m asking price on the midfielder’s head.
Considering just how impressive Camara has been in Greece so far this season, it would indeed appear highly advisable for Eddie Howe to do all he can to land the midfielder this winter, as, if the 20-year-old continues his development at the current rate, he will undoubtedly be worth a great deal more than £20m come the summer.
Indeed, over his 14 Super League appearances this term, the £2.7m-rated man has already scored four goals and registered four assists from the middle of the park, returns which make it easy to see why Christophe Galtier appeared to be such a fan of the youngster.
Speaking about Camara during his time at LOSC Lille, the 55-year-old manager said: “I found him very solid in his game, disciplined tactically. He scored a decisive goal, it’s good for him, it’s an extra step for a young boy who often works with us and hasn’t played since March.
“He arrived last season, I saw him play in the reserve team. I find him, at 19, having a certain personality in the game he doesn’t lose a lot of balls, he’s solid on his supports, and also versatile because he can play right or left. He is someone who quickly prints what is asked of him and corrects his mistakes so quickly. And, importantly, he enjoys a very special affection on the part of the group.”
From the Frenchman’s comments, it is not difficult to understand why Camara has been likened to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, nor it is confusing as to why so many clubs are believed interested in the 20-year-old’s services this winter.
Indeed, should Newcastle go on to seal a deal for the Olympiacos star next month, it could well prove to be something of a season-defining transfer for Howe, as the midfielder undoubtedly has the potential to help save the Magpies from relegation come next May.