Newcastle United transfer book: Important message for Diego Carlos and Dele Alli’s plan for Tottenham

Regardless of whether Newcastle acquired Diego Carlos from Seville this month, there is a valuable lesson to be learned from Newcastle’s attempt to trap him from the La Liga side.

The 28-year-old Brazilian centre-back has already been the subject of two offers from Newcastle during the transfer window, and United’s insistence is causing headaches for Sevilla president Jose Castro Carmona in sunny Spain.

Newcastle fans are sure to hit the cans if United can seal this deal, but even if they don’t, the comfort these days in Tyneside is that the Magpies will look elsewhere and bid, as was the case after this week’s stalemate with Lille on Sven Putman (Another deal that can’t be discounted this month).

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Under the previous administration, there was a reluctance to deal in the window which raised a memorable banner that read: “We don’t demand a team wins, we demand a club tries.”

It was 2015 when Newcastle walked in the window without anyone signing and he sold David Santon and Mabu Yanga-Mbewa.

Six years have passed and things have changed for the better, not least with Carlos.

A bid approaching £40m could be the turning point in the Sevilla Championship although Julen Lopetegui is unwilling to sell the talented defender as his side is fighting on three fronts in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League.

Any UK-based La Liga watchers will see why Lopetegui would like to retain the Brazilian Olympic team member.

Carmona’s dilemma is that each player has a price and whether it will give them time to cash in on the money and reinvest before the window closes.

Newcastle have had an open dialogue with Sevilla all week and with just over two weeks left to do business he doesn’t rule out another big offer.

Whatever happens, United finally looks like the club trying.

The name Dele Alli is understood to have been discussed by transfer consultant Nick Hammond as Newcastle prepares for the second half out the window

The future of the England international at Tottenham looks bleak as Antonio Conte looks to create space for the team to sign the right-back and forward this month.

Alli is on the loan and loan list with a view to a permanent exit at Tottenham.

Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur player
Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur player

Given Hammond’s close ties to CAA Base, with whom United have worked on Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, Newcastle are set to be one of the clubs where the former MK Dons star could be offered.

Newcastle came close to signing Alli when he was young when Tottenham signed them but they can now get his services at the age of 25.

Everton are also keen on Alli but with Spurs playing the waiting game on other targets, Alli’s future may not be decided until the last 10 days of the window.

Alli has struggled with confidence and shape problems this season, but swinging the Gallowgate End cheering his name on could make him a world good.

Hugo Ekitike is real but Newcastle face stiff competition

The 19-year-old was fitting the bill as United’s youngest striker in this window following the arrival of Chris Wood.

Ekitike price discussions took place this week between Newcastle and Reims.

Chronicle Live understands that Newcastle have been exploring Ekitike this term, and while it is being seen as one for tomorrow, they have been advised to speed up their interest in the teenager to avoid disappointment.

Ekitike has scored eight goals and three assists in the Ligue 1 this season, but he is attracting a lot of attention, not least from Paris Saint-Germain as well as Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.

At a price of £25m, Newcastle will sign one of the future stars for the French national team.


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