Newcastle United have identified Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos as a potential alternative to Sven Botman, according to The Telegraph.
Writing in his latest transfer notebook piece, Mike McGrath reports that Carlos has emerged as a high-profile target after a £30m move for Botman – Eddie Howe’s ‘No 1 choice’ – was blocked by Lille.
The piece states that Tottenham’s Joe Rodon is also a loan option under consideration, however it’s said the club would also like to bring in a centre-back who is proven at the highest level.
Carlos, 28, is said to be ‘highly regarded’ at St James’ Park, having been one of Sevilla’s top performers in recent seasons since sealing a £13.5m move from Nantes back in 2019.
He won gold with Brazil at the Olympics last year and has performed well in the Champions League, playing in the competition in each of the last two seasons after winning the Europa League in the summer of 2020.
Elsewhere, the same report states that we are now ‘close’ to completing the signing of Kieran Trippier, with Spanish outlet AS also claiming that he’ll arrive on Tyneside in the next 24 hours after missing Atletico Madrid training session this morning.