‘Why not?’: Ex-Premier League striker urges Newcastle United to sanction this transfer spend

Newcastle United are keen on a move for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos - but a fee is yet to be agreed.

<p>Sevilla defender Diego Carlos. </p>

Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

Newcastle United have been urged to meet Sevilla’s asking price for Diego Carlos - with an agreement still yet to be reached.

The Magpies are keen on a move for the centre back as Eddie Howe looks to address a priority position before the window closes on January 31.

But while Carlos is keen to make the move, a fee is yet to be agreed with Newcastle’s offers falling slightly short of Sevilla’s valuation.

And as negotiations over a deal continue, Sky Sports pundit Clinton Morrison has urged the Tynesiders to stop haggling and get the deal done.

When quizzed on a deal for Carlos on Soccer Saturday, the former Premier League striker said: “They do need a centre back, so why not?

“If they’re arguing over five, six million - I know a lot of people will say it’s a lot, but it’s not a lot of money for Newcastle.

“If that’s the difference of keeping you in the Premier League then why not pay that extra money.

“They needed to strengthen at full-backs and they did that, and they needed a centre forward.

“I still think they probably need a midfielder, but they definitely need a centre half so I don’t know why they haven’t gone and spent that money to get him.”

Bids of around £30million have already been lodged for Carlos, but reports have suggested that Newcastle will not pay over-the-odds for the centre back - with the club also monitoring other targets.