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Newcastle United reported to be interested in £10m Mady Camara – Dubious

3 years ago

Newcastle United are interested in Mady Camara according to reports on Friday morning.

Fully 102 days before the January transfer window opens, it is claimed that NUFC have watched the 21 year old defensive midfielder play this season.

The midfielder has started all three of Olympiakos’ league games this season, scoring once as after three victories his new club find themselves back top of the Greek League.

After dominating Greek football with 17 league title in 19 years, last season saw them finish only third and fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Financial problems meaning that they showed a £15m profit this summer on transfers and largely relied on loans and free transfers.

Mady Camara was one of 10 free transfers brought in this summer, the 21 year old arriving after being released by Ligue 2 club Ajaccio.

Olympiakos have actually played more European games than domestic league ones this season so far, finishing third meant they have had two qualifying rounds to get through just to get into the group stage of the Europa League.

The final qualifying round saw them face Burnley and Mady Camara started both matches, the Premier League club losing  3-1 in Greece and drawing 1-1 at home.

Clubcall say that Newcastle sent a scout to watch another Olympiakos player when playing Burnley but it was Mady Camara that caught the eye.

Olympiakos Director of Football Francois Modesto, has also admitted that the free transfer midfielder has done far better than expected

“We brought him to Olympiakos as a talent to be the fourth-choice midfielder in the rotation.

“Figuring that he will play a total of 10, 15 game – and he is already a regular and first choice.”

Olympiakos drew 0-0 with Real Betis on Thursday night and Eintracht Frankfurt are also said to have been represented at that game, watching Mady Camara as well.

Whilst Olympiakos may well welcome a quick profit in their current state, claims in Greece that Mady Camara now has a price tag of around £10m look just a little ambitious.

Having arrived on a free transfer from Ligue 2 and playing only three league games in the weak Greek league, it will take more than a couple of decent matches against Burnley to justify anything close to £10m.

Transfer stories over 100 days before a window opens have to be treated with scepticism anyway and maybe the surprise would be if Mike Ashley allows Rafa Benitez to buy anybody in January, seen as the previous two mid-season windows saw Ashley block any players being bought at all.


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