Man Utd rejected chance to sign target in ‘last days’ of January

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Man Utd-linked Boubacar Kamara celebrates

Man Utd “turned down” the opportunity to sign Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara in the final days of the January transfer window, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at the French club and made his professional debut in December 2016 at the age of 17.

Since then, Kamara – who can also play at centre-back if needed – has gone on to make 146 appearances for Marseille and played nine times for the France under-21s.


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There were rumours in the summer that Kamara had been close to a move to Newcastle United but speculation that a move to Man Utd was on the cards ramped up in January.

There is little doubt that Kamara has been a target for the Red Devils with The Athletic reporting that Man Utd ‘were across’ Kamara’s situation in December.

While Marca said that Man Utd ‘enquired’ about Kamara’s availability with a week left of the winter transfer window with the Marseille midfielder now in the final six months of his contract at the Stade Velodrome.

The Spanish publication insisted at the time that the Premier League club wanted ‘to secure Kamara’s services during the winter window for a reduced fee’ with interim boss Ralf Rangnick desperate for midfield reinforcements.

However, no move materialised and now transfer expert Romano has claimed that Man Utd actually “turned down” a chance to sign Kamara late in the window.

Romano said on his Here We Go podcast: “Manchester United were offered the opportunity to sign Boubacar Kamara in the last days of the window but they turned down this chance because they will invest more money for the new manager. They want to wait and see what’s best.”

Meanwhile, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell admits he has sympathy for Man Utd goalkeeper Dean Henderson after a late move to Watford was reportedly blocked on deadline day.

Campbell told Football Insider: “I feel sorry for him a little bit.

“But at the end of the day he is a Manchester United player and he has signed a contract there. He has to honour that. You take your chance when you sign a long-term contract.

“There were times last season when he was playing and it looked like he would dislodge de Gea. I thought he was going to get that number one spot but it didn’t work out. de Gea has been phenomenal this season and that’s football.

“Sometimes as a young man you have to bide your time. I get that he’s impatient and does not want to wait but the club has to do what is right for the club. Not what is right for Henderson.

“He’ll be disappointed because I cannot see that deal coming off.”