.According to reports in Greece, Newcastle have scouted Olympiakos holding midfielder Mady Camara.

The Guinea international played against Burnley in the Europa League earlier this year, and Newcastle scouts were reportedly impressed with the 21-year-old.

Newcastle have had a bad few years in terms of transfers, but Camara does not sound like the kind of player that the Magpies really need right now.

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Is a holding midfielder top priority?

In centre midfield, Newcastle have Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame, Ki Sung-Yueng and Isaac Hayden. Of those options, Shelvey is the only real attacking outlet.

Diame is better as a box to box player, getting in players’ faces with his energy in the middle of the park. As for Ki, the South Korean is not an attacking option either, which Swansea fans can attest to.

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Hayden is also a defensive player who doesn’t seemingly want to be at the club at all.

When Shelvey doesn’t play, Newcastle struggle to control games and carve out chances, making him an essential player.

Instead of looking at a holding midfielder, Newcastle need someone like Shelvey who can create goal-scoring opportunities.

Whether or not Newcastle have a genuine interest in Camara remains to be seen. However, he doesn’t sound like the kind of player we need right now.

Benitez will likely once again get limited funds in January, so it would make no sense to strengthen in a less than essential area. Where are the left-backs?

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