Newcastle have been linked with four Premier League players as part of their ambitious January transfer window squad overhaul.
Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood have already joined the relegation-threatened Magpies this month, with Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes expected to follow before the deadline in what could amount to a club-record move with add-ons.
But Eddie Howe has been unable to add a centre-half to his side as yet, having identified that as a priority position to improve.
A number of players have been targeted, including Sven Botman, Diego Carlos, Burnley defender James Tarkowski and Adam Webster of Brighton, with a breakthrough finally being made in relation to the Seagulls.
Reports suggest that a £13million bid for Dan Burn has been accepted by Brighton after Newcastle had offers of £8m and £10m rejected.
The Athletic quote an ‘optimistic’ source as saying: “It’s not done but we’re hopeful we can get there.”
Newcastle are thought to want at least two new centre-halves, however, thus the search will continue.
West Ham’s Issa Diop is in the frame, according to The Sun, as he has fallen out of favour in East London. The Frenchman has only started eight Premier League games this season, all coming during the Hammers’ recent selection issues with injuries and suspensions.
Diop would join Newcastle and be a brilliant signing. Watch.
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) January 27, 2022
Diop has been valued at around £10m, having joined West Ham for £22m in summer 2018.
A more surprising deal would be for Conor Coady, the Wolves captain who has been at the club since 2015 and has more than three years left on his Molineux contract.
The Daily Star on Sunday say Newcastle ‘are willing to pay in excess of £25m’ for the England international, having prioritised Premier League experience.
‘Wolves will only sanction his departure if an offer is submitted by Newcastle that’s too good to turn down,’ that report quite obviously adds.
The fourth domestic-based player currently being pursued by Newcastle is Dean Henderson, with the Mail on Sunday claiming there is a ‘strong chance’ of a loan deal being agreed with Manchester United.
Red Devils interim manager Ralf Rangnick confirmed that Henderson had requested to leave Old Trafford this month after losing his starting place to David de Gea.
Southampton were linked at one stage but the Magpies now seem to be frontrunners in a move which would end any fading hope of procuring Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.