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Talks have intensified with Lille as Sven Botman wants to sign for Newcastle United – Report

3 weeks ago
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At the start of December, the usually very reliable David Ornstein at The Athletic reported on Newcastle’s January plans, saying he ‘has learned that one of their primary targets is the Lille and Netherlands Under-21 centre-back Sven Botman.’

Signed from Ajax for £7m as a 20 year old in 2020, Sven Botman was a massive part of Lille’s remarkable title win las season, finishing a point above PSG. The young central defender starting 37 of the 38 Ligue 1 matches, helping Lille concede only 23 goals, PSG conceding 28 and then the next lowest was 42.

The young central defender has many admirers and if Newcastle United were to land Botman, it would be a massive and surprising (to many outsiders) boost to hopes of both avoiding relegation and then building from there.

Thursday morning has brought an update, with Newcastle United said to have ‘intensified’ their talks on Wednesday with Lille to try and agree a price.

The Mail say that their information is that Sven Botman is understood to be keen to join Newcastle United, despite initial worries that the team’s current relegation fight may put him off. However, that has not been the case and the young defender said to be up for the longer-term project that is being put in place at St James Park.

The report says that Newcastle are working on an extensive list of targets but that Sven Botman is seen as a stand out one, who if signing, could help convince others to also sign up for United. If they are to be successful, Newcastle United set to pay around £30m to land the defender.

The Mail report that the Newcastle January shopping list sees them targeting four new defenders, a midfielder and a striker.

Lille have got serious longstanding financial problems and are expecting to lost Sven Botman in the summer anyway, so it comes down to whether they can be tempted to sell now, the defender set to turn 22 on 12 January.

There is currently a winter break in France, Sven Botman having played in Lille’s last match on 22 December, with the next game not due until 4 January.

This would be a very exciting signing for me, considering his age, profile, ability and achievements already.

Sven Botman would appear to tick a lot of boxes and would be a great marker in the sand, if Newcastle could land him.

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