Vieira transfer target ‘not interested’ in Crystal Palace move ‘at all’

Jason Soutar
Patrick Vieira during an interview

Patrick Vieira is keen on bringing Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara to Crystal Palace, according to reports.

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.


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He has made over 150 appearances for the Marseille first team and has been a mainstay in Jorge Sampaoli’s starting XI this term.

The Ligue 1 side are in danger of losing the defensive midfielder on a free transfer in the summer with his contract expiring in June.

Kamara has been linked with numerous teams, including Premier League trio, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Manchester United.

According to French outlet Jeunes Footeux (via Sport Witness), Crystal Palace have been watching the Frenchman ‘for several months’ and want to sign him as a free agent in the summer.

The report claims, however, that the chances of Vieira getting his man are ‘close to zero’.

Kamara is ‘not at all’ interested in joining the Eagles as they are 10th in the Premier League while Marseille are competing for a Champions League spot in Ligue 1.

Palace can ‘keep hope’ in their pursuit as his final decision has not been made yet, but he has his eyes set on a ‘more upscale club’.

The report adds that a contract extension at Marseille is ‘also not to be ruled out’.

Elsewhere, Harry Redknapp believes Everton are in “desperate trouble” as they face a battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Toffees were comfortably beaten 5-0 by Tottenham on Monday evening and are currently one point above the bottom three.

“They are just a very poor group of players,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “I watched it on TV and Jamie Carragher said it was a Championship back four.

“If you go through, man-for-man, it’s a poor outfit. They’ve recruited badly, got no legs in midfield, the little boy Allan can’t run and get around the pitch.

“They’ve gone through good managers. The recruitment has just been shocking at the club.

“They are average players, average characters. Frank has his work cut out. If he keeps them up then he’s done very well because they are in desperate trouble.”