Newcastle have been handed a huge boost as one of their top transfer targets reportedly has ‘no intention’ of signing a new deal at his current club.
The Magpies need to busy in the January transfer window to help push them away from the Premier League’s relegation zone. They are winless after nine games, having picked up four draws and five losses so far.
Only Daniel Farke’s Norwich City are keeping them off the foot of the table. The new Newcastle owners know that investment is needed if they are to stay up.
A number of stars in England and on the continent have been linked. Club chiefs are apparently hoping to sign Conor Coady from Wolves. The centre-back would be a great addition to improve their weak defence.
Newcastle are also plotting an ambitious raid on Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman could be available this winter as he nears the end of his contract at the Camp Nou.
The Tyneside club also need to bolster their midfield – and it seems they have one specific target in mind.
Sport Witness, citing reports in the Italian press, have an update on Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara.
They claim that Newcastle are rivalling AC Milan for the defensive midfielder’s services. Their new-found wealth could see them win the race for the France U21 star.
It’s stated that Kamara has ‘no intention’ of signing a new contract at Marseille. He instead wants to secure a big-money move to challenge himself elsewhere.
His current terms expire in June which opens up the possibility of a move in January.
Newcastle are at the front of the queue. They submitted a bid for him during the summer but were immediately pushed back.
Kamara is also attracting interest from Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio and Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
Newcastle legend gives transfer advice
Meanwhile, club legend Alan Shearer has urged officials to sign three players in January.
The Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer has welcomed Newcastle’s £305m takeover with open arms. In the immediate aftermath, he tweeted that Newcastle could ‘dare to hope again’.
During an interview with the Que Golazo Youtube channel, Shearer was asked about the club’s transfer policy. He said: “I expect some action [in January] – absolutely. If that weren’t to happen, then NUFC would be in big trouble.
“There will be players who will be desperate to come to Newcastle to prove themselves and to improve the squad because that is, without doubt, is what is needed. We could do with players straight down the spine.
“They’ve been poor defensively – they need a defender or two [and] certainly a creative midfielder.
“And with Callum Wilson, his career will tell you he will pick up injuries and won’t play every game. So they need another forward to put the ball in the back of the net to try and take the burden away from him for when he is and isn’t playing.
“So three players without a doubt – a centre-half, a creative midfielder and a forward.”