By Pete O'Rourke

24th Aug, 2022 | 9:00am

Sources: Newcastle United and Leicester City race to sign Mady Camara

Newcastle United and Leicester are plotting moves for Olympiacos midfielder Mady Camara, sources have told Football Insider.

The 25-year-old has emerged on the radar of the Premier League duo as they look to sign a defensive midfielder in the next week.

Newcastle are without Jonjo Shelvey until November due to injury, while Leicester could end up losing Youri Tielemans before the window shuts.

Olympiacos could be forced to cash in on Camara this summer after missing out on Champions League qualification.

The Greek giants bowed out of Champions League qualifying at the second round last month (27 July) after a 5-1 aggregate loss against Maccabi Haifa.

The Guinea international Camara has become a key player in the Olympiacos side since his arrival from Ajaccio in 2018.

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He has made 181 appearances since joining the club in 2018 but wasn’t in the squad for the Greek club’s Super League opener against PAS Giannnina on Sunday (21 August).

The 21-cap ace, who is primarily a central midfielder but can also star in a holding role, has under two years remaining on his contract at Olympiakos.

Newcastle have picked up five points from three games thus far, while Leicester sit 19th in the table with just one point.

Shelvey’s absence means Sean Longstaff has been handed a regular role off the substitutes bench in the new campaign.

The Magpies have already moved to strengthen their rearguard this summer – completing deals for Nick Pope, Sven Botman, and Matt Targett.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday (24 August) that Eddie Howe’s side have now submitted a £25million bid for striker Martin Terrier as they search for a Callum Wilson understudy.

Meanwhile, Leicester are yet to make a summer signing as they wait for big-money windfalls for Tielemans and Wesley Fofana before doing any business of their own.

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