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Newcastle’s money-led battle for survival is in full swing. They have signed Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and striker Chris Wood from Burnley, and they have now set their sights on strengthening their defence.

The acquisition of Trippier and Wood will give Magpies some much-needed experience, as both players prove their presence in the Premier League.

But central defense is now a priority for coach Eddie Howe.

The former Bournemouth chief has clearly told Toon’s hierarchy that he is unhappy with his current options in defense as his side has been linked with acquiring the services of several central defenders.

Earlier this month, Lille turned down a bid for young defender Sven Putman, while Sevilla also turned down an offer for their Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.

The acquisition of Trippier and Wood will give Magpies some much-needed experience, as both players prove their presence in the Premier League.

But central defense is now a priority for coach Eddie Howe.

The former Bournemouth chief has clearly told Toon’s hierarchy that he is unhappy with his current options in defense as his side has been linked with acquiring the services of several central defenders.

Earlier this month, Lille turned down a bid for young defender Sven Putman, while Sevilla also turned down an offer for their Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.

However, Magpies is expected to return with an even bigger offer for the latest full-back despite Howe wanting his third signature out the window to have Premier League experience.

according to Sky Sports Reporter Keith Downey, Newcastle keep pushing for Carlos but there is a sense that ‘How would like a player with Premier League experience’, which Carlos of course doesn’t have.

The 28-year-old has played 19 games so far this season in the Spanish league, scoring two goals and helping his team to second place in the league, five points behind Real Madrid, the league leaders.

The former Nantes defender is a strong physical presence for Sevilla and has experience playing in European competitions as well, which could prove very attractive in the coming years as Magpies look to become the club they once were.

Wood’s signing of Burnley’s Sean Dycke raised eyebrows earlier this week, but with Callum Wilson injured for several months, signing a striker is quickly becoming a priority at St James’ Park.

The 30-year-old has struggled with Clarett this season, scoring three goals in 17 appearances, however, his overseas service has been poor and has left the New Zealand international pretty weak at times.

In his last four seasons in the Premier League, Wood has scored no fewer than 10 goals, so it’s easy to see why Howe is keen to pay £20m to meet the former Leeds striker’s release clause.

Speaking about the signing ahead of Newcastle’s game against Watford this weekend, Howe said: “Chris is an important signing for us at a crucial time and I’m so happy we were able to move quickly and bring him here.

It is expected that Newcastle will continue to strive

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