The prospect of Mohamed Camara sealing a move to Leeds United are as good as over, with the Whites now considered highly unlikely as following up their initial interest with a firm bid.
The Malian star was one of two midfield prospects considered by Leeds this summer. With Kalvin Phillips departing for Manchester City in a club-record £42m deal, Jesse Marsch and Co quickly drew up contigency plans for when that move went through. And with Philips this week sealing that switch, Leeds have wasted no time in securing his replacement.
However, rather than move for Camara, the Whites are instead moving to sign USA star Tyler Adams. The RB Leipzig midfielder is currently undergoing medical checks, with a £17.1m move to Elland Road expected to be finalised shortly.
Despite the deal for the American, speculation remained that Leeds could also move for Camara. However, having also signed Marc Roca, it seems Leeds have decided against a move for the Salzburg star.
With that in mind, Austrian paper Salzburger Nachrichen claims his side were preparing to keep their star midfielder.
The Austrian champions, though, do remain vulnerable to the sale of the 23-year-old. He has a £25.9m (€30m) exit clause in his deal and Leeds are not the only side reportedly keen.
Indeed, Brighton are also reportedly looking at the Malian. The Seagulls are chasing a replacement for Yves Bissouma, who departed for Tottenham earlier this summer.
Now, Salzburger Nachrichen claims Newcastle United are also in the hunt. The Magpies are seeking midfield reinforcements this summer and Camara, they believe, could fit the bill.
Mohamed Camara looks a Premier League ready midfielder
Strong in the tackle, a smart passer of the ball and a player who covers a lot of ground, Camara looks an ready-made Premier League midfielder.
His performances for Salzburg, especially in the Champions League last season, really caught the eye. As such, it’s easy to see why the player has so many admirers.
Compared to N’Golo Kante, Camara looks to have the attributes required to succeed in England.
And while Leeds United ultimately decided against his move, that could well allow Newcastle and Brighton to step in.
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Time will tell if Leeds’ decision proves the right one. However, in Adams, Leeds are getting their hands on a player who boss Marsch knows well.
And at a good £7m cheaper, it’s easy to see why Leeds went for the American instead.