Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe believes Boubacar Kamara is “too good” a potential signing to miss out on this January, according to The Sun.
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The 22-year-old is thought to have snubbed a move to St James’ Park over the course of the summer, although Newcastle have seemingly remained interested.
Indeed, while Eddie Howe is believed to want Premier League experience during one of the most important transfer windows in the club’s history, Kamara is reportedly viewed as being too good a potential signing not to try and sign.
Out of contract in the summer anyway, the club are said to be attempting to fix personal terms and offer current employers Marseille as much as £10m in an attempt to ward off Manchester United and Chelsea.
How good is Kamara?
Able to operate in both central defence and midfield, Kamara would strengthen two of the areas Howe is thought to have identified as in dire need of reinforcement even in his early days as Newcastle manager.
According to FBREF data, Kamara ranks within at least the leading 80% of central midfielders playing across Europe’s major five leagues over the past year for passes attempted, pass completion rate and tackles per game. Clearly, it’s not as easy as instantly being able to translate that into a Premier League context, but they are certainly promising numbers.
Do Newcastle have much chance of signing him?
It would appear unlikely, given the other teams said to be keen.
The best tactic Newcastle can adopt is to try and offer a big deal early. The longer any chase goes on, the more appealing Kamara will be as a free option in the summer for team not threatened by the prospect of relegation.