Newcastle United are reportedly preparing to make a big behind-the-scenes call following the end of the January window…
The report claims that they are now drawing up plans for the summer transfer window and this key appointment is said to be the first step on their way to making a move for Lille centre-back Sven Botman ahead of next season.
Newcastle fans will surely be buzzing with this news for multiple reasons.
Firstly, they will be pleased to read that PIF are now ready to put the wheels in motion months in advance of the summer. They appointed Nick Hammond as a short-term recruitment chief on the 17th of December 2021 and that gave him very little time to prepare for a month of business as the Magpies looked to strengthen their side.
Whilst they were able to bring in Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Bruno Guimaraes, Matt Targett and Chris Wood, they also missed out on some key targets. Deals for Jesse Lingard and Hugo Ekitike fell through on deadline day, with no alternatives in those positions coming in instead.
This suggests that the club made a mistake by not getting their business done early in the window as they were unable to strengthen the team in all of the areas they seemingly wanted to. Therefore, having a sporting director in place months in advance will delight the supporters as it shows that they may have learned from their error.
The Toon Army will also be buzzing with the appointment being set to play a role in the club’s pursuit of Botman in the summer. He could be a fantastic addition to Eddie Howe’s squad and one the fans could start to get excited about.
In Ligue 1 this season, he has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.15. This shows that he is capable of regularly delivering top-class performances at the top level, which is why he could come in and improve Newcastle’s team – given that Federico Fernandez’s score of 6.77 is the highest any centre-back has managed for the club so far this term.
At the age of 22, the Dutchman also has plenty of scope for development and could be a signing for the short and long-term. This is why fans will be elated with the club’s plans to make a swoop for him at the end of the campaign.