Newcastle close in on £30m deal for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos

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Diego Carlos appears to have succeeded in forcing a move from Sevilla to Newcastle and could be registered in time to make his debut in Saturday’s Premier League game at Leeds.

Shortly after the 28-year-old Brazilian centre-back submitted a formal transfer request, Sevilla – who had rejected two Newcastle bids – appeared to concede defeat in their attempts to retain him and began advanced negotiations over a potential deal in the region of £30m.

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With Newcastle second-bottom and having won one game all season while conceding 43 Premier League goals, Eddie Howe has identified signing at least one central defender as imperative.

When Lille rejected han attempt to buy the 22-year-old Netherlands defender Sven Botman, Newcastle swiftly switched their attention to Carlos, who would need to be registered by midday on Friday to be involved at Leeds.

Having begun his career in his homeland, he moved to Portugal, playing for Estoril, and then joined Sevilla from Nantes in 2019, helping the team in second place in La Liga to win the Europa League in 2020.

He would be Howe’s third signing, joining the England right-back Kieran Trippier, acquired from Atlético Madrid for £15m, and the centre-forward Chris Wood, a £25m buy from Burnley.

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