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Eddie Howe has picked out a defensive target for the January transfer window and has reportedly spoken to Newcastle United's owners in order to try and sign the player.
Howe has landed the job at Newcastle, following the departure of Steve Bruce, and his first job at St James' Park is to work out how to keep the team in the Premier League.
So far this season, they've not managed to win and picked up just five points, as they currently sit in 19th place in the league, with still nine games left before the club can buy anyone in the winter window.
The Magpies are expected to spend big in January and Howe has already had his input and has reportedly spoken to the new owners about a target.
According to Foot Mercato, the former Bournemouth manager wants to sign PSG defender Abdou Diallo to help shore things up at the back.
Diallo has mainly played at left back for Mauricio Pochettino and is third in the manager's eyes in that position, behind Juan Bernat and Nuno Mendes.
However the Frenchman can also play at centre back and that versatility is one reason why he would be a good signing for Newcastle.
The team have conceded 24 goals already this season, averaging two a game, and only Norwich City, below them in the league, have given away more goals.
A defender with Champions League experience would certainly be a help to Howe's back line, as he attempts to improve the team's fortunes.
The ex Burnley boss could have a huge 'war chest' to spend in January, with reports claiming that the club could spend up to £166 million and still be within Financial Fair Play regulations.
Sam Allardyce had a bit more than that in his budget, when he spoke exclusively to SPORTbible about who he'd sign if he was still in charge of the north east side.
The club have been linked with all sorts of big name transfers, from Eden Hazard to Lorenzo Insigne, who is available for nothing in the summer but the club want now.
Signing Diallo might not be as glamorous as some of the other names they've been linked with but it might be the signing that makes most sense.
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