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Newcastle: Craig Hope issues Sven Botman claim

A claim has emerged regarding Newcastle United‘s interest in Sven Botman heading into the summer transfer window… 

What’s the talk?

Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope has revealed that everyone at the Tyneside club wants a deal for the Dutch defender to be completed in the coming months.

The reporter has hinted that not every target on whom the Magpies have set their sights has had backing from every member of the club, whereas that is the case with the Lille centre-back.

Hope tweeted: “Botman is one they’d like to do. From what I gather (unlike some others on shortlist) he gets a unanimous “yes” from all at Newcastle.”

The player himself has also confirmed that the Premier League club, along with AC Milan, are keen on him, saying: “Those clubs are interested, yes. I can’t and won’t say much more about it. What do I want? To take a nice step towards a nice competition. I am also looking forward to a new step.

“I am aware of what I want. That is not necessarily to that club or that competition. You weigh all kinds of things, and then the total picture has to suit you. I must have a very good feeling about it.”

Supporters will be buzzing

Newcastle supporters will be buzzing with Hope’s claim, as it shows how highly Botman is rated within the club. The journalist’s tweet suggests that there is little doubt over the player’s ability, with the likes of Dan Ashworth, Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall, among others, all seeming to agree that the Netherlands under-21 international would be an excellent signing.

This will excite the fans as they now know that the club would be bringing in a talent that everyone on Tyneside believes will be a success, if they can strike a deal for him.

It is easy to see why the Magpies are interested in Botman, who has been a star for Lille since arriving in France from Ajax in 2020.

In his first season in Ligue 1, he averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.08 as he won 68% of his duels and helped his team to keep 20 clean sheets in his 37 top-flight appearances. He made 2.3 tackles and interceptions per game as he produced consistently solid displays at the back, leading to his team  winning the title.

As you can see in the graphic above, Botman continued his fine form into the 2021/22 campaign, proving over two seasons that he is a reliable centre-back at the top level.

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Couple this with the fact that he only turned 22 in January and has plenty of scope to develop even further, and it is no wonder that Newcastle are so keen to get him in the door.

Fans will be buzzing with the enthusiastic interest in the Dutchman and will now be hoping that Ashworth and Howe can convince him that moving to St James’ Park is the ideal next step for him in his career.

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