Newcastle United scouts ran the rule over Olympiakos midfielder Mady Camara in a 1-1 draw with AEK Athens on Sunday, according to Scouts in Attendance.
The reliable Twitter account, which has established itself as a reputable source on club’s scouting activities, reported on Wednesday that the Magpies were in attendance at the Athens Olympic Stadium.
Scouts in Attendance had previously reported in September that Newcastle scouts were left impressed by the 21-year-old midfield enforcer, who is a Guinea international.
They add that Camara is reportedly close to agreeing a new deal with the Greek Super League club, which could include a release clause.
Reports say he's close to agreeing new contract, just pay rise no change to 2023 expiry, but it could include a release clause amount https://t.co/evVR3T4UnY
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) October 10, 2018
This would be an interesting move from Newcastle, with Camara an up-and-coming star for Greek giants Olympiakos. The young destroyer has been a regular in their first-team all season since his free transfer from AC Ajaccio in the summer, making 11 appearances in all competitions. He has scored once and registered one assist in that time, but that is not what his game is about. This is a powerful young destroyer who is known for his defensive abilities in front of the back four. Looking at Newcastle’s current squad, they could definitely do with a player like him coming in either in January or in the summer. Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame are the clear first-choice duo in that area, and they could desperately do with some competition coming in to challenge them. Diame in particular has been wildly inconsistent this season, and the addition of someone like Camara would be the kick up the backside he needs to raise his game, or the youngster will no doubt usurp him in the starting XI.