Newcastle are planning a ‘fresh’ £40 million bid for Diego Carlos after their initial approach was turned down.
This month, EDDIE HOWE wants to make a significant defensive upgrade.
A £25 million bid for Sevilla center-back Diego Carlos was rejected by Newcastle United.
The Magpies, on the other hand, plan to almost double their offer as manager Eddie Howe looks to make significant defensive upgrades in his first transfer window.
Newcastle have already failed to sign Sven Botman, one of Europe’s most highly-rated young centre-backs, after Lille turned down a £30 million bid.
However, the Magpies are said to have lined up six potential replacements as Howe looks to bolster his backline’s core ahead of the second half of the season.
Howe has his eye on Premier League trio James Tarkowski, Joe Rodon, and Rob Holding, as well as Championship stars Lloyd Kelly and Tosin Adarabioyo.
Carlos, who has led Sevilla to a LaLiga title challenge this season, is the sixth name on the shortlist.
Newcastle have made an initial formal approach for the 28-year-old defender, according to Alex Crook of talkSPORT.
The Premier League strugglers have made a £25 million bid for his services, demonstrating their newfound financial muscle under new ownership.
Sevilla, predictably, is unwilling to let Carlos leave without a fight and has declined.
Newcastle, on the other hand, are not about to give up and are planning a new bid this month that could be worth up to £40 million.
Carlos would become the club’s record signing if the Tyneside giants were to complete a move for him in a deal worth such a sum.
It would come within a whisker of the fee paid to sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim last year.
Given the length of the club’s centre-back shortlist, Howe will almost certainly have a backup plan in place if Carlos is unable to make the trip to England.
Newcastle will play Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.
Their fight to avoid relegation in the Premier League continues the following week when they host fellow strugglers Watford at St James’ Park in a crucial match.