Newcastle United’s transfer options have taken a double hit with a defensive target now injured and a potential striker signing nearing an exit.
The Magpies were always going to find the January transfer tricky. And sure enough, they’ve encountered a variety of issues when pursuing transfers to help them get out of their current predicament in the Premier League.
Lille blocked their approach for centre-back Sven Botman, Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek didn’t want to join them, and Eden Hazard won’t leave Real Madrid.
Now two further issues have been discovered. The first relates to Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.
It was hoped that he could a loan signing, with all parties open to that option. But that deal is now out of the question.
As per Mundo Deportivo, Umtiti will be sidelined for three months following surgery on his foot.
That leaves Sevilla’s Diego Carlos as the sole centre-back Newcastle are currently in the hunt for. Ideally, if they can get him signed then another will be wanted.
And at the other end of the pitch, there has also been a hitch in the club’s plans.
That’s because according to Fabrizio Romano, Borussia Monchengladbach are in talks with Zenit St. Petersburg over the sale of their striker Alassane Plea.
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Plea is one of the Toon’s attacking targets to replace the goals of the injured Callum Wilson. Reports from his native France indicated Howe viewed him as an ideal Chris Wood partner.
And with him being good friends with Allan Saint-Maximin, there was belief a deal could be done.
But now it seems Russian side Zenit have swooped in. Romano also notes that Atalanta are still reluctant to sell fellow Magpies target, Duvan Zupata.
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Meanwhile, a pundit has told Newcastle to move for former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
The Spaniard bagged 58 goals in 120 games for Chelsea during a three-and-a-half-year spell at Stamford Bridge. He helped the Blues to win two Premier League titles and one EFL Cup.
He left England to re-join Diego Simeone’s team in January 2018, before going on to sign for Atletico Mineiro in August.
The 33-year-old is now a free agent after terminating his contract in Brazil. And those on Tyneside have been urged to “sign him tomorrow”…