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Report: Newcastle and Watford to do battle for Olympiakos star

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Report: Newcastle and Watford to do battle for Olympiakos star

Mady Camara looks like being a wanted man this summer.

Newcastle United and Watford face a summer tussle to complete the signing of Olympiakos midfielder Mady Camara, according to the Evening Standard.

The 22-year-old has played 36 times for the Greek outfit this season, scoring six goals in his maiden campaign for the club. He arrived in Greece from Ajaccio last summer for £2 million (Evening Standard).

Despite just a single season with his current club, the report suggests that the Premier League duo will battle it out for his signature. It will take a fee in the region of £12 million to secure his services.

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A combative midfielder, Camara will head to Egypt for the African Cup of National this summer, with a decision on his future unlikely until after that.

Watford have defied the odds this season, finishing in the top half and reaching the FA Cup Final. That could just swing Camara towards favouring a move to Vicarage Road.


TBR Verdict

Camara is an unknown quantity as far as the Premier League goes. Both Watford and Newcastle clearly fancy signing the player but whether he can perform in the Premier League is another thing.

The gulf in quality between Greek football and the English top-flight is night and day and he will need to prove himself.

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Newcastle look set to lose Issac Hayden this summer with him in favour of a move back down south. Camara would plug that void nicely if he is signed to replace the midfielder.

Watford have Abdoulaye Doucoure pulling the strings in midfield and pairing Camara with him would give Javi Gracia a desperately tough midfield.

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