Newcastle reportedly wanted a centre-back before Saturday’s game against Watford, but it doesn’t look like that will be the case.

New additions need to registered by midday today, meaning it’s all but certain that no new face will arrive for the Hornets clash alongside Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.

Of course, anything is possible – a deal could be being finalised completely out of the public eye. But based on the information in the media at the moment, it seems incredibly likely that Eddie Howe will have to go with the defenders he’s got.

However, it’s not for lack of trying.

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Newcastle reportedly talking to multiple centre-backs

According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies are in negotiations with not one, not two, but three centre-backs.


The first name is Diego Carlos – Newcastle are awaiting a response to their £28million bid. It has been reported that the 28-year-old is interested in leaving Sevilla for the Magpies.

The second name is Benoit Badiashile, who Amanda Staveley and co reportedly identified as a Sven Botman alternative. However, his injury makes any kind of deal problematic.

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And the third name is interesting – none other than Botman himself. The Daily Mail claim that Newcastle are still talking to Lille about a possible deal, such is their determination to land their top target.

PIF seem desperate to land Botman, but it’s good to see that other options are being discussed while remaining open to the possibility of signing the Dutchman.

All change behind the scenes at NUFC

This kind of forward thinking hasn’t been seen at Newcastle for years. During the Mike Ashley regime, a target would be indentified and we’d spend weeks pondering an offer before presenting a package well below the player’s reported value.

Then we’d miss out, and scramble to find an alternative.

But the new owners seem much more prepared. There are lots of spinning plates, as they look to get all of the required business done to ensure we have a successful January and have the best chance at Premier League survival.

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Not only are we in talks with three centre-backs, but they’re all top quality options. Two of them are incredibly young and could establish themselves as part of Newcastle’s spine in years to come.

As for Carlos, he’s already recognised as a top tier defender. Any deal to land the Brazilian would be something of a coup.

We definitely won’t sign all three – we might not sign any of them. But it’s great to see the new owners being pro-active in their January recruitment drive.

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