Newcastle United have an interest in signing Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara and have already taken steps to secure his signature this summer.

The midfielder’s contract expires in 2022 and he hasn’t managed to find a new club, after earlier claims he was set to move.

Marseille are interested in Gonzalo Escalante and Il Messaggero state Lazio are waiting for news from the French club.

It’s claimed Jorge Sampaoli’s side would have funds made available to them because they are ‘selling Kamara to Newcastle for almost €40m’ and can invest €8m from it in signing Escalante.

Il Messaggero’s excitement isn’t shared by L’Equipe, who explain the Frenchman wouldn’t mind changing clubs before the window closes, but he hasn’t received any concrete offers so far and time is running out for both the player and Marseille.

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According to the report, Marseille have ‘had good discussions’ with the Magpies, but they only made an ‘oral offer’ of around €14m, which is a long way from €40m.

Newcastle’s approach, however, was ‘rejected’ by Marseille president Pablo Longoria, who is also in contact with Sevilla. The La Liga side have ‘let it be known’ they would be interested in Kamara, if they manage to raise funds from Jules Koundé’s sale.

Longoria, as per L’Equipe, would be ‘more inclined’ to do business with Sevilla than the Tyneside club, due to having a good relationship with them.