NEWCASTLE enquired about Atletico Madrid centre-back Felipe in the final hours of transfer deadline day, according to reports.
The Toon were busy on Monday, bringing in two Premier League players to bolster Eddie Howe’s defensive options.
Brighton’s Dan Burn arrived for a fee believed to be around £13million and Aston Villa’s Matt Targett joined on loan for the remainder of the season.
But according to COPE, Newcastle tried to bring in another high profile player from abroad.
The report states that an enquiry for Atletico’s experienced centre-back Felipe was launched in the final hours of the window.
And Atletico planned for a potential exit, eyeing up out of favour Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet as his replacement.
Felipe had six months left on his contract in Madrid so a move to Newcastle wasn’t unrealistic.
The 32-year-old was more than affordable for the Saudi owned club.
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But Newcastle failed to land the experienced defender with constrictions on time.
Newcastle also tried to bring numbers in up front.
Reims’ Hugo Ekitike looked like he was edging towards a move to Tyneside after a fee was agreed between the two clubs.
But the 19-year-old ultimately decided against the switch.
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