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Reporter claims Newcastle 'likely' to sign Diego Carlos and mystery player before Leeds

Newcastle United are reportedly ‘edging closer’ to completing the transfer of Diego Carlos from Sevilla.

The Brazilian defender appears to have become the club’s main defensive target over the past week, with Newcastle’s efforts to sign Sven Botman falling flat.

But the noise surrounding Carlos has always been much more positive, and we will hopefully see a conclusion to the two-week saga in the coming days.

And according to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, the 28-year-old could arrive in time to face Leeds United this weekend. That’s a huge boost, but it’s not the only piece of good news from the reporter.

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He’s been told that two players are likely to arrive before Saturday’s game, although the identity of the second player is currently unknown.

Diego Carlos plus one more new signing against Leeds would be a huge boost

It’s vital that we bring in Diego Carlos in time to face Leeds. Our defence has needed a facelift for a long time, but so far Newcastle have been unable to bring any centre-backs in.

Kieran Trippier has added more class to the back four, but the biggest problems lie in the middle.

If Carlos signs, he walks straight into our starting XI. And hopefully he arrives soon so that he can at least have a couple of training sessions with his potential new teammates.

Talk of another arrival this week is certainly interesting, but he remains a mystery. Either way, it’s very exciting.

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A second centre-back wouldn’t go amiss, as Carlos isn’t going to fix our defensive woes on his own. But centre-midfield is also an issue.

We were incredibly poor on the ball at times against Watford. Despite lengthy spells of possession, we rarely looked capable of breaking down the Hornets’ defence. We didn’t create many chances at all, with Ben Foster never making a single save. Our only shot on target produced our only goal of the game.

With plenty of positions needing improvement, any new arrival will be a boost to Eddie Howe and Newcastle this week.

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