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Report: Newcastle battle Everton for Chelsea defender Malang Sarr

Everton and Newcastle United have joined West Ham in the race to take Malang Sarr on loan, according to a report from French outlet Foot Mercato.

Newcastle, of course, have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of a new centre-back. Diego Carlos has suggested that he is planning to stay at Sevilla beyond the January transfer window.

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It remains to be seen where the Magpies go next. But it would appear that Chelsea should perhaps expect an offer from Eddie Howe’s men for Sarr.

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Foot Mercato reports that Newcastle, Everton, West Ham and Leicester all want to take Sarr on loan. However, the Blues currently have no interest in letting him go.

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It is noted that they want to keep much of their squad at Stamford Bridge. Sarr played the full 90 minutes against Manchester City at the weekend, while he also played in both legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final with Tottenham.

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Sarr has looked bright when he has featured for Chelsea. The 22-year-old has perhaps been unlucky not to play more.

Thomas Tuchel described his performance in the Carabao Cup semi-final with Tottenham as ‘very good‘.

In many respects, you could understand if he was keen on a loan move. Playing regularly in the Premier League may represent the next step in his development.

And for Newcastle or Everton, he could quickly establish himself as a key man. Neither club boasts the best defensive record this season. And both could really do with further reinforcements coming in before the window shuts.

West Ham meanwhile, have had a raft of injuries at centre-back this season. And it did appear that many fans were pleased when Issa Diop was replaced at the weekend.

So they will all be hoping that Chelsea experience a late change of heart and decide to let Sarr go.

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