An update has emerged on Olympiacos midfielder Aguibou Camara, regarding Newcastle United’s interest in his services.
What’s the talk?
According to The Sun, the Magpies are eyeing up a potential January deal for the ex-Lille man, who is valued at £20m by the Greek giants.
The report claims that Premier League sides Leicester and Liverpool have also made contact with his agent following his impressive form this season.
Should Newcastle sign Camara?
Eddie Howe could land Allan Saint-Maximin 2.0 with a deal for Camara in January as he could be a new wildcard option to utilise in midfield.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has four goals and one assist in eight league matches for Olympiacos this season. He has also averaged a superb SofaScore rating of 7.25 and made 3.8 tackles per game in the Europa League, showing that he has the quality to shine on the European stage.
French manager Christian Larièpe once claimed that he has a ‘form of recklessness’ to his game. He said:
“I had seen him in Guinea, he was the best hope in the country and we called him for our detection in Morocco in 2019. But it was Luis (Campos) who validated it, it is him. who set this whole process in place.
“Camara was fast, was technical, and besides he had a very interesting personality. He was very alert, very open with a certain form of recklessness. There was also a lot of clubs on him.”
These comments suggest that he could be a wildcard on and off the pitch, which means that he has the potential to provide the club with a spark – much like Saint-Maximin. The French attacker was once called a “wildcard” by Liverpool legend Graeme Souness, who also admitted that the forward gets fans “excited”.
Saint-Maximin has nine goals and 11 assists in the Premier League since his move to the club in 2019, showing that he has the ability to be a match-winner with his telling contributions in the final third.
Camara could come in and have a similar impact with his vibrant personality and ruthless streak, with his form for Olympiacos suggesting that he could also have the quality to make the step over to the Premier League.
It is now down to Howe and PIF to ensure that they can get a deal over the line for the Guinea international in the next transfer window, as they could land their next Saint-Maximin…