Newcastle United’s improved financial situation following their takeover has seen them return for a Marseille star, according to reports.
The Magpies’ ownership has recently changed hands for a reported £305million. Mike Ashley accepted a bid from a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium for the Tyneside club.
Newcastle have now become the richest team in world football. Their owners are over ten times wealthier than Manchester City’s, at an estimated $320billion (£235billion).
As expected, the news has resulted in plenty of transfer rumours. Newcastle officials are thought to be plotting a shock move for Chelsea forward Timo Werner.
They are also looking to find Steve Bruce’s long-term replacement. Antonio Conte, Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard are all under consideration to take over.
Despite the newly-found riches, Newcastle remain interested in a Marseille midfielder they targeted this summer.
Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi (via Sport Witness) write that 21-year-old Boubacar Kamara could still join the Magpies.
They submitted a €14m (£11.8m) bid this summer but had it swiftly knocked back by the French outfit. Kamara was also unwilling to drop out of European competition to play at St James’ Park.
The France U21 international may now be tempted by the club’s wealth. They are also likely to submit a much higher offer during the January transfer window.
But Newcastle will not have it all their own way. They will have to fend off Lazio for Kamara’s services. Their manager, former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, is looking to bolster his midfield.
He views Kamara as an ideal solution who will provide plenty of years of service. That could set up a bidding war in 2022 for one of Marseille’s most prized assets.
Newcastle predicted to sign world-class striker
Former Magpies midfielder Darren Ambrose thinks the club could attempt to sign Harry Kane next summer.
The England captain was the subject of a £100m Man City bid earlier this year. Tottenham rejected it and declared his price tag to be £160m.
That fee was never matched and Kane had to turn his attention back to the north London club. But Newcastle now have the funds to give him a new challenge.
Ambrose told talkSPORT: “What about Harry Kane? “Now I say this because, are Manchester City or Chelsea going to be paying £100m-£120m in the summer?
“I don’t think they are. I think [City] went to around £130m this summer, so Newcastle will. They will go £150m-£200m.
“Say Daniel Levy puts on another ridiculously high transfer fee that nobody else is going to pay and Newcastle say, ‘OK, there’s £150m’.
“Who’s got more chance of winning a trophy at the moment? Tottenham or Newcastle right now?
“Everyone is going to say [Newcastle] now because they’re a project and they’ve got ambition.”