Report: Newcastle are trying to tempt £52m star into signing, but Barcelona want swap deal

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Newcastle United want Jules Kounde and have tried to tempt the Sevilla defender into making a big move to St James’ Park this summer.

The Magpies have signed Matt Targett on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell from Aston Villa.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope now looks set to arrive this week as Newcastle’s summer transfer business starts to accelerate.

A priority for Newcastle is adding another centre back to partner Dan Burn moving forward.

Lille star Sven Botman has been the top target but that deal has been incredibly difficult to pull off – and Newcastle could look elsewhere.

NEWCASTLE UNITED WANT JULES KOUNDE
One link emerging in Spain surrounds Sevilla defender Kounde.

You can certainly imagine why Newcastle would want Kounde as the partner for Burn.

Burn is a man mountain at 6ft 7in tall and is naturally left-footed.

Kounde is diminutive for a centre back at 5ft 10in tall but is quick and right-footed, meaning he and Burn could dovetail perfectly.

Kounde is one of the top young centre backs in Europe though and it won’t be easy for Newcastle to sign him.

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Mundo Deportivo claim that Newcastle wanted Kounde in January having also targeted his teammate and now-Aston Villa new boy Diego Carlos.

It’s stated that Newcastle have gone in for Kounde again and have now tried to tempt him into a move to the North East.

Right now though, it looks like Newcastle aren’t exactly the priority for Kounde.

Barcelona want to sign the French international and Sevilla will let him leave for around €60million (£52million).

Barcelona can’t quite get to that asking price right now given their financial issues and may try to do a deal involving right back Sergino Dest joining Sevilla.

Newcastle’s pursuit of Kounde certainly makes sense; they have got the profile and attributes spot on, but actually signing him seems to be difficult.

In other news, Nottingham Forest confident of signing Serie A ace after £17.5m Awoniyi

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