Newcastle United are desperate to strengthen their backline as they are 19th in the Premier League for goals conceded (42), 19th for most clean sheets (1) and 18th for most shots faced (15.7).

The Magpies have lucrative resources following their takeover by Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media and made an ambitious pursuit for Diego Carlos.

Newcastle had bids knocked back for the highly-rated 28-year-old as Sevilla value him higher than United have offered, but fans on social media love hearing that the Toon Army aren’t giving up.

Eddie Howe has Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez at centre-back but clearly doesn’t trust the quartet to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

Carlos has made 118 appearances in all competitions for Sevilla since joining on a five-year deal from FC Nantes in 2019, scoring five goals with one assist. He’s been a regular under Julen Lopetegui and will be a hard player to lure from Sevilla, but his management team have been stunned by Newcastle’s persistence.

United are being encouraged to continue discussions with Sevilla president Jose Castro Carmona.

In other news, fans on social media react as Newcastle lodge £28m bid for Diego Carlos