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Report: Newcastle think they can get ‘very fast’ player signed in time to play against Leeds

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According to The Daily Mail, Newcastle United are hopeful of completing the signing of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos this week.

The Magpies have been on the lookout for a new centre-half since the first day of this month’s transfer window.

Eddie Howe has looked at the likes of Sven Botman of Lille and Benoit Badiashile of Monaco, while Liverpool’s Nat Phillips and Arsenal’s Rob Holding have also been linked with a move to Tyneside.

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However, as we enter the final two weeks of the transfer window, it is looking more and more likely that Carlos will be the man Howe will sign this month.

Newcastle hoping to sign Diego Carlos before Leeds game on Saturday

The report claims that the Magpies have had a series of bids rejected by Sevilla for their star Brazilian defender.

However, Newcastle are confident that their latest offer of £30 million will be enough to convince the Spanish side. Howe is also hoping that a deal for Carlos will be completed before his side head to Elland Road to face Leeds this weekend.

Carlos, 28, has all the characteristics to be a top defender. He definitely has a mistake in him, but he is ‘very fast’, ‘dynamic’ and ‘intense’, according to Fabiano Soares, his coach at Estoril back in the day.

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Carlos is a good defender but playing alongside Jules Kounde has definitely made him look better than he actually is. That is a concern for Newcastle, but he is surely an upgrade to what the Toon currently have.

£30 million is a decent fee for an experienced defender who has won an Olympic gold medal. He is also in the prime years of his career and if Howe can get the best out of him, he could turn out to be an incredible signing for the Magpies.

It will be interesting to see if Newcastle can get Diego Carlos registered before they travel to Leeds on Saturday. If they can, it will give them a huge boost ahead of what will be a very difficult game against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

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