Newcastle United are reportedly now in talks to sign Benoit Badiashile in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Carlos closer?
News broke out on Tuesday evening that Diego Carlos has now handed in an official transfer request to Sevilla to try and force a move through to St. James’ Park.
However, a transfer fee has not been agreed between the two clubs yet, meaning that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium may still be looking at other targets in the centre-back position given their desperation in that area.
One of those could well be Badiashile, of whom they have been strongly linked to this month.
The Latest: Badiashile talks
As per L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), talks between the North East side and AS Monaco have continued ‘in recent hours’, and the former have already made an offer worth €40m (£33.3m), which has since been rejected.
Monaco have ‘no intention’ of letting Badiashile leave in this window, unless the Tyneside outfit can come up with a much improved offer.
He is also injured and expected to be out for ‘three to four weeks’, which may complicate the deal further.
The Verdict: Pay the money!
Whatever sum of money it would take to bring in Badiashile this window, the Magpies should simply pay it.
They currently have the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League, and the Frenchman would certainly help improve that.
Should Newcastle sign Badiashile?
Dubbed as a ‘tenacious‘, ‘strong‘ and ‘fast‘ player by Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig, Badiashile has everything that a modern central defender needs in the top flight, and at just 20 years of age, has so much potential.
He would be a great alternative to Carlos should that deal fall through, as he actually averages more tackles and interceptions than him in their respective domestic leagues so far this season (WhoScored), and so this is one that the new owners should not be sleeping on.
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