Sven Botman is getting closer to Newcastle day by day as transfer talk continues to intensify.
The reports in England suggested that Newcastle United are willing to buy Lille centre-back Sven Botman.
The Netherlands international was signed by Lille in July 2020 from Jong Ajax for a fee of 8 million euros. The 21-year-old has a contract until 2025 with the club.
The centre-back has featured in 13 matches for Lille this term, netting one goal.
He has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Netherlands. Botman has represented Netherlands at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 34 caps and scoring one goal.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Newcastle United.
Eddie Howe wants to sign a new centre-back and Botman is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The report claims that Newcastle United manager has extensively scouted Sven Botman and is considering a move for the centre-back.
The former Jong Ajax man heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third.
According to the report,”Newcastle United are interested in Lille defender Sven Botman. The Holland international has emerged as a top January target for Newcastle’s new owners. The Toon plan a major spending spree over the winter market as they seek to drive the team away from the dropzone. Botman, 21, attracted major interest from the Premier League over the summer after helping LOSC to last season’s Ligue 1 title. Newcastle are expected to make an opening offer of £40m to Lille for Botman in the coming weeks.”
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Newcastle will have to present a really enticing offer to bring Lille to the negotiating table. The Premier League club have the resources to tempt them but it will be interesting to see if they are willing to overpay for the player.
Lille are preparing to sell their centre-back should they receive a massive offer for him.
Sven Botman ideal fit for Newcastle United?
Undoubtedly, he would be a fantastic recruit for Newcastle.
A centre-back of Botman’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Newcastle squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Howe’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.
It will be interesting to see whether Newcastle will make their move during the winter transfer window.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.