Sevilla defender Diego Carlos “definitely wants” to join Newcastle United this month and “progress is being made” between the two clubs, according to reports.
Newcastle have already signed Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood during this window from Atletico Madrid and Burnley respectively.
Their priority this month is reportedly to improve their options at centre-back. They have conceded 42 goals from their 19 Premier League games this term.
The Brazilian has been with Sevilla since 2019. He has been a key figure for them over the past couple of years as he has played 106 times.
Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol revealed on Thursday that Carlos would be open to leaving Sevilla for Newcastle:
“Diego Carlos’ potential transfer to Newcastle is moving in a positive direction. It is not done, but positive.
“He is a top, top quality centre-back. He’s been very impressive at Sevilla and people were talking about would he want to go from Sevilla to a club that are in the relegation zone in the Premier League.
“But I think the player himself is open to coming to Newcastle. I think he would definitely want to move and it looks like some progress is being made.”
Elsewhere, Newcastle have been linked with Arsenal outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in recent weeks, John Barnes has warned the Magpies against signing the forward:
“I don’t think that’s realistic. The kind of players Newcastle want are players who can fight against relegation, not win a league. If things aren’t going well and they need to dig deep, is Aubameyang someone you’d want there?
“I doubt very much that that will happen. Scoring goals isn’t their problem.
“Having togetherness and harmony and everyone pulling in the right direction is what Newcastle need.
“With all the money they have they still can’t get Messi or Mbappe. Newcastle can’t all of a sudden pay twice the salaries of Man City and Liverpool.
“This project might mean they can pay more money than the others in two or three years.
“They’re not going to be paying £200m for players in January, that’s not realistic.”
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