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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants to copy Chris Wood transfer despite Diego Carlos 'bid'


Newcastle’s money-led fight for survival is well underway. 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 inject the Magpies with some much-needed experience, with both players proving themselves in the Premier League.

But it is the central defence that has now become a priority for manager Eddie Howe.

The former Bournemouth boss has obviously made it known to the Toon hierarchy that he is unhappy with his current options in defence as his side have been linked with acquiring the services of several central defenders.

Earlier this month, Ligue 1 outfit Lille rejected an offer for their young defender Sven Botman, whilst Sevilla have also turned down a bid for their Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.

The acquisition of Trippier and Wood will inject the Magpies with some much-needed experience, with both players proving themselves in the Premier League.

But it is the central defence that has now become a priority for manager Eddie Howe.

The former Bournemouth boss has obviously made it known to the Toon hierarchy that he is unhappy with his current options in defence as his side have been linked with acquiring the services of several central defenders.

Earlier this month, Ligue 1 outfit Lille rejected an offer for their young defender Sven Botman, whilst Sevilla have also turned down a bid for their Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.

However, the Magpies are expected to return with a greater offer for the latter centre back despite Howe’s desire for his third signing of the window to have experience in the English top-flight.

According to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, Newcastle are continuing to push for a move for Carlos but there is a feeling that ‘Howe would like a player with Premier League experience’, which, of course, Carlos does not have.

The 28-year-old has made 19 appearances so far this season in the La Liga, scoring two goals and helping his side to second place in the league, five points behind league leaders Real Madrid.

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 the Magpies look to become the club that they once were.

The signing of Wood from Sean Dyche’s Burnley raised eyebrows earlier this week, but with Callum Wilson out injured for months, signing a striker quickly became a priority at St. James’ Park.

The 30-year-old struggled with the Clarets this season, scoring three goals in 17 appearances, however, his service from out wide has been poor and left the New Zealand international largely vulnerable at times.

In his last four Premier League seasons, Wood has scored at least 10 goals and thus it is easy to see why Howe was keen on forking out £20m to meet the former Leeds forward’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 very pleased we have been able to move quickly and bring him here.

Newcastle are expected to continue their pursuit



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