An exciting update has emerged regarding Newcastle United’s pursuit of Lille defender Sven Botman and their attempts to sign him this month…
Journalist David Ornstein has dropped a big claim on the Magpies’ efforts to bring in the 21-year-old from the Ligue 1 outfit, having had one bid rejected already.
He tweeted: “EXCL: Newcastle submit improved offer to Lille for Sven Botman. 21yo is #’s top centre-back target. Unclear how # will respond as want to keep but financial situation could make sale necessary if price right. Dutchman keen on move.”
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe will surely be delighted with this update, as it shows that the club are working hard behind the scenes to get him the players that he needs to keep the team in the Premier League. They have not been deterred by a first offer being rejected and have now gone in with another bid, although it remains to be seen whether or not it will be enough to convince Lille to do business.
The Netherlands defender could be an excellent addition to the Magpies’ squad. He has averaged an impressive SofaScore rating of 7.02 in Ligue 1 this season, showing that he can produce consistently high-quality performances in a top division. This suggests that he could be a reliable performer for the former Bournemouth coach to call upon at the back if he is able to adapt to English football..
Ornstein’s claim that Botman is interested in the move will also leave Howe buzzing. It suggests that the player is keen to make the transfer happen and is motivated to come to the Premier League and perform for the Magpies, rather than being someone who needs to be convinced to make the switch and whose heart may not be fully in it.
Newcastle need players who are committed to the cause and ready to battle on the pitch because the table does not make for great reading. They are 19th in the Premier League and need an upturn in results to bring themselves out of the bottom three and secure top-flight safety.
Therefore, Botman being keen on the move could be a huge boost for the Magpies, as it suggests that he is up for the fight and is not deterred by the prospect of a relegation battle.