Newcastle United journalist Liam Kennedy has given his thoughts on recent claims surrounding Boubacar Kamara.
A report in July suggested that Newcastle United, along with Liverpool and Manchester City, have shown an interest in the 21-year-old, with it being “understood that the Ligue 1 club will consider any offers in or around the £15m mark”.
A more recent report, however, from L’Equipe (via David Crossan), has claimed that Newcastle have tried to undercut that reported fee by offering Marseille €14m (£11.9m), with that bid reportedly rejected by the French side.
However, speaking about the Frenchman on NUFC Matters, Kennedy seemed to hint that there wasn’t actually much interest coming from Newcastle United, and that it might simply be a case of others putting two and two together and coming up with five:
“I don’t think there’s been a bid, that’s my inkling – I don’t think there’s been a bid him. It’s a lad in the last year of his contract that’s being heavily linked. I’m not even sure there’s much of an interest there, but I’m happy to be proven wrong on that, I could easily be proven wrong.
“But just look at the situation, he’s a lad in the final year of his contract and I think there’s a little bit of games being played elsewhere.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Kennedy’s comments on Boubacar Kamara and Newcastle United…
Would you like to see Newcastle sign Kamara this summer?
Based on his stats from last season, in which he averaged 2.5 tackles, 1 interception, 1.3 clearances and 1.9 successful aerial duels per game (via WhoScored) he would arguably go a long way to helping out a defence that conceded 62 goals last season, the fifth-most in the division, so hopefully, Kennedy is wrong and that they are interested in him, because they could definitely use him to shield the backline.
But with just under three weeks to go until the window shuts, and with the Premier League season bearing down upon us, if they are to make a move for him and complete the deal in time for him to get settled and have an impact on the team in the early stages of the season, they are going to have to be very quick about it.