The Telegraph have revealed that top centre-back targets Sven Botman and Diego Carlos are BOTH keen to seal moves to St James’ Park.
It was revealed over the weekend that we’d submitted a fresh bid for Botman – the Dutchman Lille seem determined to keep – while a move for Carlos was said to be ‘gathering pace’ as of Friday night.
Luke Edwards’ latest piece states that bids for both ‘remain active’, although it’s not known – as of Sunday night – what progress has been made over the past 48 hours for the £70m-rated duo.
It seems one thing is clear, however; Lille and Sevilla are trying their best to get as much money as possible from our super-rich owners.
The report also states that club Chairman Yasir Al-rumayyan made it clear after our humiliating 1-0 defeat to Cambridge that he wants ‘decisive action’ to be taken on the recruitment front over the coming week.
As a result, it’s thought the club are pushing hard to bring in ‘at least’ one striker and a centre-back before Saturday’s must-win clash with Watford, with us targeting TWO centre-forwards to arrive after confirmation Callum Wilson will be out for eight weeks.
This comes after The Telegraph confirmed we have approached Burnley over a surprise move for Chris Wood, while Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Eddie Nketiah have also been identified as striker targets.