Aston Villa are set to face competition from Everton and Newcastle United in their pursuit of Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in January.
According to a report from TEAMtalk, Aston Villa, Everton, and Newcastle United are ready to battle it out for the signing of Rangers and Finland midfielder Glen Kamara in the upcoming January transfer window.
The 26-year-old spent most of his youth career in England, having had a year-long stint at Southend United before joining the Arsenal academy. He spent four years on the Gunners’ books, during which he had loan stints away at Southend and Colchester United. After just one senior appearance for the north Londoners, he signed for Dundee FC in 2017.
After a solid eighteen-month spell at the club, Rangers snapped up the Finnish midfielder in January 2019. And Kamara thrived at Ibrox under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard. He went on to play a crucial part in the Gers’ Premiership triumph last season and has been in good nick in the ongoing campaign as well. He has featured 132 times for the Light Blues, scoring five and assisting nine goals.
Kamara’s progress in Scotland led to serious interest in his services from clubs in the Premier League in the summer transfer window. But a move did not materialise. However, the 40-time capped Finland international has once again popped up on the radars of teams in England ahead of January.
Aston Villa have been strongly linked with a move for Kamara, which is natural considering that his former mentor, Gerrard, is now at the helm at the Midlands club. With Marvelous Nakamba picking up a serious injury that is expected to sideline him for close to four months, the Villans are looking for replacements, with the Rangers star emerging as a viable target.
However, they will have to stave off competition from Everton, who are in the market for reinforcements in the middle of the park. The Toffees have been in dismal form, with Rafael Benitez coming under intense pressure. The Spaniard is keen on adding more solidity in midfield alongside Allan, which would allow Abdoulaye Doucoure more freedom to get forward, leading to the interest in Kamara.
Apart from Villa and Everton, Newcastle United are also in the race for the signing of the 26-year-old star. The Toffees have lacked a reliable presence in midfield who can shield the defence effectively, with Isaac Hayden not performing consistently. Adding a player of Kamara’s qualities could add that bite in the centre of the park while potentially releasing Jonjo Shelvey from his defensive responsibilities.
In addition to the three clubs mentioned, the likes of Southampton, Watford, and Burnley are also keeping close tabs on the midfielder. It will certainly be interesting to see if Kamara reunites with Gerrard next month or signs for a different club.