Report: West Ham and Howe in battle with Leeds for 22-year-old
West Ham have become the latest club to eye a move for Leeds and Newcastle target Boubacar Kamara, but The Sun suggests that his wage demands may price his admirers out of a move.
Kamara is one player a host of Premier League sides are likely to at least discuss making a move for this month. His contract with Marseille expires in the summer.
The 22-year-old is predominantly a holding midfielder. However, he can also play at centre-back. And obviously, clubs can already open talks regarding a pre-contract deal ahead of the end of the season.
It was recently reported that Leeds want Kamara. Marcelo Bielsa is set to be without Kalvin Phillips until March. And he is, by no means, the only player on the sidelines right now.
But The Sun suggests that West Ham have now joined the Whites and Newcastle in the running.
There is an issue, however. The Sun adds that Kamara wants a deal worth £150,000-a-week at his next club. It is noted that Newcastle are wary of offering those terms while their position in the Premier League is precarious.
According to Spotrac, Leeds’ top earner is on £63,500-a-week. So it is hard to imagine the Whites being willing to go near what Kamara is looking for.
West Ham look to be in strong position in Boubacar Kamara race, but Newcastle staying up would throw spanner in works
Spotrac lists West Ham’s highest earner as Kurt Zouma. The centre-back apparently takes home £120,000-a-week at the London Stadium.
Therefore, making the leap to Kamara’s demands is seemingly not out of the question. And with West Ham may perhaps be favourites to sign Kamara.
However, Newcastle clearly have huge potential should they stay up this season.
So West Ham may need to weigh up whether they act now and potentially pay more than they would ideally like to win the race for Kamara.
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