Newcastle made their second breakthrough in the transfer window with the signing of Chris Wood from Burnley. The addition addressed an area of need with Callum Wilson ruled out until March.
Heading into the window, it was center-back that was the primary focus. However, the club have been unable to reach an agreement for any of their initial top targets.
An early move for Sven Botman has ended in defeat while Sevilla are very reluctant to lose Diego Carlos in a title race. Newcastle are still pushing to sign the 28-year-old with the player keen to join.
Newcastle’s two signings are both Premier League hardened 30-somethings who are perfect for a relegation battle. Kieran Trippier and Wood will add experience, leadership, and quality for the second half of the campaign.
Mark Douglas, with inews, is reporting that Liverpool center-back Nat Phillips, who was a target over the summer, could emerge as a potential option. The 24-year-old is available and would cost around £15m.
Phillips has played just 4 times this season and is currently sidelined with a fractured cheekbone. He made 17 Premier League appearances last season after injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip.
Phillips is fifth-choice at Anfield behind the aforementioned trio and summer signing Ibrahima Konate. While £15m is very steep for the former-Bolton Academy product, desperation on Tyneside could soon set in. He is slated to return for his injury in the final week of January.
Incidentally, Joe Gomez, while not mentioned in the report, would seem to make sense on loan if Jurgen Klopp would sanction the move. The England international has made just 10 appearances this term with no Premier League starts.
Newcastle’s hope of landing a center-back before the end of this week now appears very remote. Sevilla are holding strong and may want as much as £40m for Carlos.
A move for Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile is also being negotiated. However, with the player currently injured, there is no rush to get him over the line.