Newcastle United are reportedly hoping to bring in a new centre-back before the January transfer window closes.
So far, the Magpies have landed Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, and are seemingly closing in on Brunuo Guimaraes.
However, Newcastle really could do with bolstering their defensive ranks.
The Magpies have conceded 43 goals in 21 Premier League games this season, second only to Norwich’s 45.
According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle have maintained a line of communication with Sevilla over Diego Carlos.
However, there has been no indication that the Spanish club are willing to reduce their valuation of the Brazilian.
Therefore, Newcastle have reportedly identified Brighton’s Dan Burn as their preferred alternative.
The Magpies apparently made an initial bid earlier this week – around £7million, according to the Echo.
And the outlet claims Brighton would be willing to do business for around £15million.
A compromise ‘should be possible’ before the window shuts on Monday, they added.
Burn would be great for Newcastle at this moment in time – TBR View
Reports over the last few days have suggested Newcastle could make a flurry of late signings.
Aside from the Guimaraes deal, it looks as though the Magpies are targeting two more defenders and another striker.
The Guardian has claimed that Newcastle are targeting Burn and Eddie Nketiah.
Meanwhile, left-backs Mitchel Bakker and Rogerio remain linked with the Magpies.
Burn would certainly be a great shout for Newcastle at this moment in time.
He’s a tall, commanding defender with considerable Premier League experience.
Last year, Graham Potter mounted a strong defence of the 6ft 7in ace amid some criticisms.
“Anyone that criticises someone like Dan Burn doesn’t understand football, ultimately,” Potter told The Athletic last February.
“I wouldn’t listen to them. It’s irrelevant to me. Dan just gives his best every day.
“He’s playing at the highest level. He’s a fantastic example of what a top athlete should be in terms of it’s not going to go well every day but he recovers; he fights for the team.
“He’s everything you’d want from a professional footballer, so just let the ‘experts’ talk.”
Burn also hails from the north-east and grew up supporting Newcastle, so there’s that emotional bond.
In addition, his contract only runs until 2023, so Brighton’s hand isn’t overly strong.
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