NEWCASTLE have seen a second bid for Sevilla star Diego Carlos knocked back, according to reports.
The Toon are desperately chasing a new centre-back to bolster their shaky back-line having already signed England star Kieran Trippier.
Eddie Howe had Lille star Sven Botman at the top of his wish-list – but saw a number of bids, including a £35million offer, rejected.
With the deal seemingly dead in the water, the newly-rich Magpies are looking at 28-year-old Sevilla defender Carlos.
After having an opening bid turned down earlier in the week, Newcastle officials returned with an improved, £21m bid.
However, that too has been knocked back with Sevilla unwilling to sell, according to Marca.
Carlos has a £67m release clause in his contract – which expires at the end of the 2023-24 season.
Sevilla are believed to be willing to entertain offers of closer to £40m.
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But Marca claim the chances of Carlos leaving the LaLiga giants this month as 'unthinkable'.
As well as Carlos, Newcastle are also keen on 20-year-old Monaco starlet Benoit Badiashile.
The French whiz picked up a knock for the Ligue 1 side on Sunday, however, which could scupper any potential move this month.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have added to their squad with the signing of Chris Wood.
The ex-Burnley star has joined in a £25m deal – a Premier League record fee for a 30-year-old player.
Wood is likely to immediately move into Howe's starting XI with injured Callum Wilson ruled out for two months.
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