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Newcastle eye Umtiti after Barca offer defender

Last Updated on by James King

Following the £12 million arrival of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, Newcastle United could be set to flex their financial muscles once again in the January transfer window, as the club looks to escape the relegation zone in the second half of the season.

As a result, Barcelona, who are trying to trim their wage bill have offered France international Samuel Umtiti, according to reports, after an initial bid for Lille star, Sven Botman was rejected.

This could be a move that isn’t too far-fetched – the Magpies have cash to spend and Barcelona have highlighted the player as one who they see as dispensable.

Newcastle eye Umtiti after Barca offer defender

 

Newcastle in need of defensive reinforcements

There is no doubt that the northeast club require immediate additions at the back and Umtiti is certainly the type of player who would significantly upgrade their rearguard. A World Cup winner and serial club pedigree to boot, the 28-year-old has the kind of quality that can provide much-needed steel to Eddie Howe’s side.

Embedded in the Premier League relegation zone, Newcastle are leaking goals (as well as struggling to score them), though should Umtiti make the move to Tyneside, he would form half of a new-look defence, that includes England international right-back Trippier who won La Liga with Atletico Madrid last term.

Whether or not the club goes back in for Botman this month, remains to be seen, with the Lille defender (also a league title winner in France last season) very much one for the future – revisiting this in the summer once the club’s short term future is resolved may be more realistic.

Having made the move to the Nou Camp for £31 million, Barca are understood to have made the player available for just £17 million, though it is believed he is also considering an offer from Turkish side Fenerbahce and an unnamed French club.

 

Other alternatives?

It is understood that Newcastle are also circling Sevilla centre back Diego Carlos, however, his club are refusing to consider any kind of approach for their player – especially with their prized asset, Jules Kounde also being in demand.

Meanwhile, AS Monaco’s 20-year-old Benoit Bediashile is an option, though he would be very much seen as one for the longer term.

What is increasingly clear though, is that Newcastle need a centre-back, though clubs are realising that they can hold the new billionaire club to ransom over price. Umtiti, may just be a savvy signing.