Sven Botman to become Newcastle’s third summer signing in £32m deal from Lille
Newcastle are poised to complete the £32million signing of Eddie Howe’s top target Sven Botman from Lille…
- Newcastle are poised to complete £32million signing from defender Sven Botman
- Eddie Howe has already beefed up his backline with Matt Targett and Nick Pope
- A move for Hugo Ekikike is as good as dead after his agent’s ‘ridiculous’ demands
- The Magpies can look for Armando Broja or Gianluca Scamacca instead
Newcastle are poised to complete the £32million signing of defender Sven Botman but are poised to continue their pursuit of Reims striker Hugo Ekikike.
Botman arrived on Tyneside Monday afternoon to complete his medical treatment, but a move for Ekikike is near death and sources blame the 20-year-old officer’s ‘ridiculous’ demands.
The Holland Under-21 centre-back was always enthusiastic about Newcastle, despite AC Milan’s interest and boss Eddie Howe had long identified him as his main target in that position. It was an opinion shared by the Scouting team and the property of the club.
Defender Sven Botman arrived in Newcastle for a medical on Monday afternoon
An approach in January backfired when the clubs couldn’t agree on a fee, but negotiations resumed this month and despite frustration when Lille raised the asking price to £37million, a compromise has been reached. The deal will include add-ons.
Botman, 22, will be Newcastle’s third signing this summer, having added left-back Matt Targett and goalkeeper Nick Pope.
A move for Reims forward Ekikike, however, is anything but dead. Sources say the 20-year-old agent’s ‘ridiculous’ demands have forced Newcastle to investigate other targets, with Paris Saint-Germain now also interested.
The Magpies have agreed a deal worth £32million, which will include extras for the Lille centre-back
A move for Reims forward Ekikike is as good as dead after his agent’s ‘ridiculous’ demands
A package totaling around £25million was agreed with the French club, but while there were hopes for a move earlier this month, we understand Newcastle are poised to move forward.
There is interest in Chelsea striker Armando Broja, who was loaned to Southampton last season. Newcastle are waiting to see what Chelsea’s intentions are with the 20-year-old Albania international before deciding on their next move.
They like Sassuolo and Italian striker Gianluca Scamacca, but there is a feeling that he would rather stay in Serie A. Atletico Madrid is now also in the running for his signature.
Botman becomes Newcastle’s third summer arrival after Nick Pope (pictured) and Matt Targett
Newcastle love Chelsea’s Armando Broja, who was loaned to Southampton last term
Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak is on the club’s radar, but a fee of more than £40 million is likely to become prohibitive given the FFP restrictions.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s situation at Everton is being watched, but he too would almost certainly cost too much. There are also doubts among one or two at St James’ Park about the form and condition of the 25-year-old last season.
In large areas, Newcastle has watched Leeds duo Raphinha and Jack Harrison. The first would be a dream for Howe, but again, the financial resources involved would likely be outside their current budget. Newcastle are keeping an eye on the situation due to Arsenal’s interest in the Brazilian.