Newcastle United’s January transfer window plans hit after defender injury blow

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Newcastle United want to sign at least one central defender - if not two - during the January transfer window.

Benoit Badiashile is set for a spell on the sidelines, which could see Newcastle United end their interest in the Monaco defender.

The 20-year-old had emerged as a potential target for the Magpies in the January transfer window as they look to sign at least one centre-half.

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Lille star Sven Botman remains top of the club’s wishlist, however the Ligue 1 champions’ reluctance to sell is pushing United to explore other options.

Benoit Badiashile injury blow

Badiashile, a France under-20s international, had been brought to Newcastle’s attention, however an injury may warn Eddie Howe’s side off for now.

The young defender was forced off during Monaco’s 0-0 draw with Nantes on Sunday evening, and there are conflicting reports in France over how long he is out for.

Some outlets understand the prognosis is six weeks, while others report that it is two to three weeks.

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If it is indeed the latter, then Newcastle could still be tempted, depending on how the transfer window plays out before the deadline approaches.

In Newcastle’s current position, 19th in the Premier League with 42 goals conceded, the club want to recruit players that are available to play now.

Diego Carlos and Nikola Milenkovic linked

Another name being considered by United’s transfer chiefs is Sevilla’s Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.

However, like Badiashile, injuries could prevent the 28-year-old from leaving Spain this month with teammate Jules Kounde currently out of action.

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Meanwhile, NewcastleWorld exclusively revealed that the Magpies have been offered the chance to sign Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic.

The Serie A club would likely demand a sizeable fee for the towering Serb, who has been watched by the likes of Chelsea in recent months.

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