Reported Wolverhampton Wanderers target Sven Botman has revealed Bruno Lage’s side made an offer for his services this summer.
In a recent interview with Dutch media outlet NOS (via TEAMtalk), the LOSC Lille centre-back confirmed that Wolves made an approach to the Ligue 1 Champions regarding his signing in the summer transfer window, as well as suggesting that he was open to a move to the Premier League side.
When asked whether the rumours regarding a switch to Wolves were true, the 21-year-old said: “I can’t lie about that.”
As for why he ultimately remained in France, the defender continued: “[It came] from the club, but I didn’t think that was a bad idea in the end. I have a starting place and play in the Champions League, so it certainly wasn’t wrong to stay. In football, sometimes things go quickly, but I believe that, in the end, everything will fall into place.”
However, while Wolves ultimately failed to get a deal for the Netherlands U21 international over the line this summer, Lage recently stated that centre-back will be a position in which he looks to strengthen this January, suggesting that a move for Botman could once again be on the cards this winter.
Considering just how impressive Botman has been for Lille in recent seasons, in addition to summer signing Yerson Mosquera’s long-term injury and Romain Saiss and Willy Boly’s likely absences in January due to the Africa Cup of Nations, it would certainly appear wise for Fosun to reignite their interest in the 21-year-old this winter.
Indeed, over his nine Ligue 1 appearances for Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side this term, the €40m-rated (£34m) man has scored one goal and helped his side keep one clean sheet, as well as making an average of 0.6 interceptions, one tackle, 4.4 clearances and winning 4.2 duels per game.
The defender has also impressed over his two appearances in the Champions League this season, helping his side keep one clean sheet, as well as making an average of one interception, one tackle, 3.5 clearances and winning six duels per fixture, with these returns seeing the £19k-per-week defender average a SofaScore match rating of 6.95.
As such, the signing of Botman this January would not only solve one of Lage’s biggest problems at Molineux – a considerable lack of depth in the heart of his defence – it would also undoubtedly raise the level of the 45-year-old’s options at the back, something that would only appear to bode well for the club’s top-half Premier League ambitions this season.