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Newcastle confident of finalising Diego Carlos deal

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Diego Carlos could be heading for England
Diego Carlos could be heading for England / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Newcastle United are growing increasingly confident they can finalise a deal for Sevilla central defender Diego Carlos before the weekend, 90min understands.

Newcastle have been chasing a new defender all January, but have seen deals for Lille's Sven Botman, Burnley's James Tarkowski, and Freiburg's Nico Schlotterbeck all collapse.

Carlos is a been a player who Newcastle have been tracking for most of January, as we revealed, and is someone that manager Eddie Howe has been a fan of for quite a while.

90min revealed at the weekend that talks had been delayed due to the Seville derby with Real Betis, but now it is understood that Carlos has reiterated to Monchi - Sevilla's director of football - that he wants to leave the club.

Monchi had revealed in December that he was close to agreeing a new deal with Carlos, but now with an offer from Newcastle that could triple his current salary on the table, the Brazilian is looking to push through a move to St. James' Park.

Sevilla are currently second in La Liga and their centre half partnership of Carlos and Jules Kounde is one of the best in Europe - a partnership which now looks set to be broken up.

Spanish sources believe Newcastle will have to pay close to £40m to get their man, but those close to the club believe a £30m deal could be bartered and that the Magpies are 'confident and hopeful' that he will be signed ahead of the crucial clash with Leeds United this weekend.