Newcastle United ‘could bid’ for Premier League defender after Diego Carlos blow

Newcastle United have reportedly turned their attentions to a Premier League star.

Newcastle United could make a fresh move for Burnley defender James Tarkowski, according to The Northern Echo.

It comes after the Magpies were dealt a blow in their pursuit of Sevilla’s Diego Carlos, with the centre-back now expected to remain in Spain until the end of the season.

Newcastle had spent recent days trying to push through a deal for Carlos, with the Brazilian thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

Reports yesterday claimed that Carlos had submitted a transfer request in a bid to force through a move, however it now looks unlikely that the 28-year-old will make the switch to St. James’ Park.

With Eddie Howe’s side prepared to walk away from Carlos, they could now make another attempt to snap up Tarkowski.

The defender is out of contract in the summer and the Magpies have been linked with him since their takeover was completed.

However, Lancs Live recently reported that the 29-year-old expects to stay at Turf Moor until the end of the season, while Burnley are not tempted to cash in this month.

The Tyneside club have already signed the Clarets’ first choice striker, Chris Wood, and they will most likely not want to sell to their relegation rival once again.

Newcastle will have to offer Burnley a huge bid to prise Tarkowski away and they are running out of time, with less than two weeks remaining of the transfer window.