While the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are desperate to hear more about a potential takeover at St. James’ Park, there’s nothing quite like a good rumour for them to sink their collective teeth into.
Indeed, our punters clad in black and white would love to see some more quality brought into the club this January and reports from Turkish-Football.com suggest they are one of many teams interested in making a swoop on Anderlecht.
The Magpies have previous in raiding the Belgian side, having signed both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba from there in recent years, though neither look like starting right now. However, according to this report, the Toon Army retain an interest in defender, Kara Mbodji.
The Senegalese is believed to be rated at around £10m and his representatives are understood to have been in London for talks with a number of interested parties, with the likes of Leicester City and Swansea also credited with an interest.
Another round of talks are thought to be scheduled to take place in Belgium and there is reportedly a chance he could move to the Premier League in January, despite his current club’s desire to keep him as they battle for a Europa League spot.
While Newcastle do need an injection of quality over the course of the winter window, central defence is actually rather well-stocked right now. The likes of Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Florian Lejeune and Chancel Mbemba can all operate there and Rafa Benitez needs to focus on getting more from his strikers, or buying a new one.