Leeds Zoom In On Camara

Last updated : 21 July 2003 By Kevin Markey

The centre-half will undergo a medical later today once terms are agreed, but it is anticipated any deal for the 24-year-old will be complete later this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Capped once by France, he began his career at St Etienne before moving to Inter Milan after just 26 first team games for the French club, such was his promise. It didn't quite work out as planned though, failing to make a single appearance for the Nerazzurri. He then went on loan to Empoli before returning to France with Bastia where he rediscovered the tough-tackling and jumping ability which had earned his reputation as a central defender of some promise.

Olympique Marseille signed him in May 2000 and the switch paid off as he won a call-up to the French squad for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

He joined RC Lens in January 2002 in a swap deal involving striker Lamine Sakho and although his chances were initially hampered by injury, the six-foot defender eventually made 14 appearances last season.

It is understood Camara was not happy at being used primarily on the right-hand side of the defence by Lens coach Joel Muller in a team which eventually finished eighth in the French League.

French football is in a similar position to English football in that many clubs are looking to lower their wage bill, so it could benefit both parties if a deal could be struck.