Barcelona offer out-of-favour Samuel Umtiti to Newcastle on a potential loan deal as Eddie Howe steps up centre-back search after £30m bid for Lille's Sven Botman was rejected
- Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants two centre-backs in the January window
- The Magpies saw their initial £30m bid for Lille defender Sven Botman rejected
- Samuel Umtiti has been offered on a potential loan deal with the option to buy
- Barcelona want to offload Umtiti, 28, who has made one appearance this season
Manager Eddie Howe wants two centre-backs and is weighing up other options after their initial £30m bid for Lille's Sven Botman was rejected.
Umtiti, who has made one appearance this season, is one of the players Barcelona want off their books so that they can register new signings. He has so far refused five other moves away from the club.
Newcastle have been offered Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti (left) as boss Eddie Howe (right) hunts for two new centre-backs in the January window
The Magpies had their initial £30m bid for Dutch defender Sven Botman (left) rejected by Lille
The cash-strapped LaLiga giants need to cut their wage bill this month in order to land their targets, with Ferran Torres not yet registered despite his £55million arrival from Man City due to issues with the league's salary cap.
The Catalan club are said to have grown frustrated with the former Lyon star after he rejected as many as five offers last summer.
Instead, he pleaded with club president Joan Laporta to give him one final chance to prove that he can nail down a starting berth, agreeing to leave in January if he failed to do so.
Barcelona need to cut their wage bill in order to register new signing Ferran Torres (pictured)
The Frenchman reportedly turned down as many as five offers last summer frustrating the club
Amid the Newcastle links, the Frenchman has reportedly received fresh offers from Turkish side Fenerbahce and one unnamed French side to end his Nou Camp misery, according to a report from Spanish outlet Sport.
The 28-year-old, who is on a reported £220,000-per-week wage, is understood to be available for £17m, having joined the club for £31m in 2016.
Newcastle also admire Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos but the Spanish side are reluctant to lose the 28-year-old Brazilian as they are challenging Real Madrid for La Liga title.
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