Newcastle planning move for African superstar Kara Mbodji

More reports are emerging out of Turkey that Newcastle are interested in Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji.

Newcastle indicated interest in Kara in the summer, and the reports have continued that Rafa Benitez would like to add the tall defender who stands just short of 6ft 4ins tall to his rank.

The 56 times capped center-back can also be used as a defensive midfielder so he is a versatile player who could be deployed to different positions by Rafa Benitez.

Mbodji is a physically dominant player whose style seem to be in line to the Premier League, so it is no surprise that there are several PL clubs are vying for his signature.

He featured in the World Cup qualifying home game against South Africa on Tuesday and bagged the winner three minutes into stoppage time to give Senegal a 2-1 victory.

That left unbeaten Senegal leading the Group D with 14 points (4 wins, 2 draws) from their 6 fixture, and they earned qualification for the World Cup next summer in Russia.

Last summer Kara signed a one-year contract extension which would keep him at the Belgian club till 2021, even though he was a transfer target for some English clubs.

The other Premier League clubs believed to be interested in the player include Leicester City, Swansea, Crystal Palace, and Brighton; he has also attracted interest from Italian and Spanish clubs.

Mbodji is tagged at £10M, and if Rafa rates the tall defender, Newcastle could be trying to sign him in January, especially if there are new arrivals by then.

Newcastle will be linked with several players in January because Steve Nickson, the Head of Recruitment has identified five different players for each position in the Magpies’ squad.

So that’s a total of 55 players Benitez could be signing during the next two transfer window.

If a new body takes over Newcastle, Rafa will be looking to buy as many players as he can in January and also offload some other players.

But Rafa will also want to focus his attention on the games in January, so we assume Lee Charnley will once again take charge of transfer deals.

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