The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has revealed the latest on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos as Eddie Howe looks to bolster his squad this month.
Eddie Howe’s side have the Premier League’s joint-worst defence, having conceded 42 goals in 19 games this season. The Magpies have already bolstered their rearguard in recent days, with right-back Kieran Trippier arriving from Atletico Madrid this week.
This season, he has made 18 La Liga appearances for Sevilla, as well as playing every minute of their Champions League group stage campaign, and he is currently valued by Transfermarkt at £40.5m.
Moreover, the defender has kept 11 clean sheets in 26 appearances this term, an average of one shutout every 2.36 games.
With the Magpies in a precarious position and the threat of relegation still looming, Howe will be desperate to improve his squad as much as possible, particularly in defence.
Not only would the defender add significant quality to the Newcastle backline, he would also provide immense experience, having played in the Champions League as well as for his native Brazil.
When his seasonal WhoScored rating of 6.72 in La Liga compared to the likes of Ciaran Clark (6.24) and Jamaal Lascelles (6.42) in the Premier League, it is clear to see why Newcastle fans might be very welcome to the idea of Carlos playing for their club. They ought to be buzzing with Ornstein’s update that the Magpies’ hierarchy are pressing hard to try and get a deal done.
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