Newcastle in talks to sign £ 35million Monaco center-back Benoit Badiashile


Newcastle are in talks to sign Monegasque center-back Benoit Badiashile, valued at £ 35million, after failing to transfer Sven Botman from Lille … with Eddie Howe desperate to bolster his struggling defense to boost survival hopes

  • Newcastle have opened talks over a highly regarded 20-year-old
  • The defender has sparked interest from West Ham, Wolves and Manchester United
  • Magpies struggles to secure deal for Sven Botman despite bid raising to £ 30million
  • Eddie Howe wants to add two center-backs to his squad in January window











Newcastle United are in talks with Monaco over a transfer for center-back Benoit Badiashile.

The highly rated 20-year-old has sparked interest from West Ham, Wolves and Manchester United in recent months and has focused on Newcastle as they struggle to reach a deal with Lille for Sven Botman , despite increasing their bid by £ 30million.

Eddie Howe wants two center-backs and talks also continue with Sevilla for 28-year-old Brazilian Diego Carlos.

Newcastle in talks with Monaco over transfer for center-back Benoit Badiashile

The defender has sparked interest from West Ham, Wolves and Manchester United

The defender has sparked interest from West Ham, Wolves and Manchester United

France Under-21 international Badiashile is valued at around £ 35million and negotiations are ongoing as Newcastle conduct a number of side talks while also having the potential of a loan deal for Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona.

They also want two forwards with Callum Wilson injured, a left-back and a midfielder.

Lille center-back Sven Botman (left) tops the wishlist for Magpies defenders

Lille center-back Sven Botman (left) tops the wishlist for Magpies defenders

Callum Wilson injured his calf in the 1-1 draw with Man United on December 27

Callum Wilson injured his calf in the 1-1 draw with Man United on December 27

Real Sociedad‘s Alexander Isak, who is also a target for Arsenal, would be their ideal addition, but over time they spoke to Marseille about a £ 15million deal for Bamba Dieng and Zenit St Petersburg over a £ 5million offer for prolific Iranian Sardar. Azmoun.

Newcastle have also discussed moves from midfielders Yves Bissouma to Brighton and Boubacar Kamara from Marseille, but face competition on both.

Newcastle will consider letting Sean Longstaff go to Everton if he can bring in midfielders.

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