A major transfer claim has been made on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Lille centre-back Sven Botman…
Journalist Duncan Castles has revealed that the Magpies are in discussions with the defender’s representatives and the French champions could be willing to part ways with him for a fee of around €25m (£21m) due to their need to bring money into the club.
He told the Transfer Window podcast, via This Is Futbol: “My information is Lille, because of their desperation to create income in this window, might sell Botman and for as little as €25 million. There are definitely discussions with the players’ representatives.
“The deal has not been done. I’m told it’s a possibility, but it’s not a straightforward move. When it comes out that Botman is likely available for €25 million, the chances are that a club in a better league position will get interested in that deal and come in and compete with Newcastle.
“Then they get into the question mark of: can you convince a player of Botman’s quality – who would be a great addition to the defence – to come to Newcastle with money and the promise of something good down the line, rather than go to a more established club immediately without having to worry about what’s going to happen with Newcastle over the next half-season.”
This update from Castles will surely leave Newcastle fans buzzing as it appears to indicate that a deal for Botman is attainable for the club in January. If Lille are in dire need of money, then the Magpies could swoop in and pick up the centre-back for a cut-price fee, as the French outfit are seemingly in no position to negotiate an extortionate price.
The 21-year-old has averaged a solid SofaScore rating of 6.93 in Ligue 1 this season after managing a score of 7.08 last term. This shows that he has been consistently performing to a high standard in France, despite his young age, and could therefore be an excellent addition to the Newcastle squad.
Eddie Howe’s team have only kept one clean sheet in the Premier League this season and are conceding two goals per game on average. Botman helped Lille to keep an outstanding 20 clean sheets in 37 matches last term, showing that he has the ability to function as part of a strong, resolute, defence at the top level.
This illustrates why supporters will surely be buzzing with this major claim from Castles. The Dutch defender could be a superb signing for the Magpies, given his performances in Ligue 1 and his scope for development at the age of 21, and Castles has made it clear that Newcastle are working to get a deal done for him ahead of the January window.