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Newcastle consider bid after scouts watch Kara Mbodj

6 years ago

Newcastle United scouts have been watching Kara Mbodj, a twenty five year old central defender who plays for Genk in Belgium.

Mbodj is a Senegalese international who can also play as a defensive midfielder, though at over 6ft 3 his natural position is as a dominant centre-back.

The Mail report that after having the player watched, Newcastle are considering a bid in the January window.

However, Genk’s manager is former Villa/Birmingham boss Alex McLeish and he is looking for around £7m as United and other Premier League clubs watch his star player.

The Belgian club won the Cup last season and currently stand fourth in the league table, four points off the top.

Kara Mbodj was bought from Norwegian club Tromso in January 2013 for around £1.5m and has already managed to serve four different suspensions since joining Genk, suggesting he is a ‘competitive’ player.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa seemingly has no future at United and with Newcastle’s three senior centre-backs all out of contract in eighteen months time unless something changes, the future of the heart of the defence is open to question, though Paul Dummett is having a decent go at suggesting he can nail down a place longer term.


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