The subject of a Newcastle United bid late on in the summer window, Boubacar Kamara decided he was going to stay in the south of France for the current season.
His contract at Marseille is up at the end of the campaign, which has led to all sorts of rumours, with an exit next year looking increasingly likely.
The player snubbed his press conference on Friday, putting extra pressure on his club and letting them know he isn’t entirely happy with how he’s being treated, and now clubs are circling.
Newcastle United are one of those, according to Foot Mercato, who explain the situation on Sunday evening, recalling that he has already turned down a number of renewal proposals from his current club.
That’s not because he’s greedy, but simply wants recognition for his status in the team, having come through the academy and seen many players bought when some of that money could have been used to reward his loyalty in the summer.
He also ‘hasn’t appreciated the pressure to renew from the club’, and Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Newcastle are all named as interested parties.
The Catalan side are reportedly ‘all over’ the young midfielder, mostly because he’s talented and could be brought in on a free, while the Germans are ‘gathering a lot of information about him’.
As for Newcastle, he’s been ‘followed by them’, and the player ‘wouldn’t say no to a transfer to the Premier League’, but it’s made clear he is ‘the only captain on board and has all the cards in hand to decide his future’, which could still be in the south of France.
That’s ‘slim’, but not to be completely ignored, but the fact he would be open to a move to England is great news for the Magpies, although they would have to avoid relegation first.