Newcastle United are ‘preparing a new offer’ for Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile as they look to improve their defence this month.

That’s according to journalist Ignazio Genuardi, who says the Magpies are ‘in talks’ to get a deal over the line.

Newcastle have already signed Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood this month and now seem determined to add a central defender to their squad.

Their efforts have been focused on Sevilla’s Diego Carlos, with the Spanish side resisting all efforts from Eddie Howe and co so far.

The Brazilian is not the only central defender on Newcastle’s list, though, with Badiashile named as a target on numerous occasions this month.

The latest on the possible move came yesterday with a report from L’Equipe stating that talks were ongoing with Monaco over a deal for the 20-year-old Frenchman.

Genuardi follows that up today by stating that they are ‘preparing’ a new offer for the centre-back and are ‘in talks’ over his signing.

The journalist offers no information regarding the nature of the new bid, but L’Equipe’s report yesterday stated that an initial bid of €40m had been rejected, so the new offer will presumably be higher than that.

That also made it clear that Monaco had no intention of sanctioning a deal until they got what they wanted, so it remains to be seen if Newcastle’s new bid is enough for them.