As Eddie Howe prepares a bid for Sven Botman, Newcastle learns the new asking price.
Howe wants to strengthen his defensive options at Newcastle, who have the joint-worst defensive record in the Premier League, and Botman is his top target.
Lille’s new asking price for star defender Sven Botman has been revealed, as Magpies manager Eddie Howe prepares to make a bid for the Dutchman.
Howe is desperate to improve his defensive options after his current backline has allowed 42 goals in 19 Premier League games this season, which is the joint-worst record in the division.
The signing of Kieran Trippier kicked off the revolution, but a centre-back is arguably a more pressing need for the relegation contenders.
Botman, who helped Lille win the Ligue 1 title last season, has quickly become one of their top targets.
Les Dogues are struggling in midtable this season after selling a slew of players in the summer, and the 21-year-old has cemented himself as a regular starter.
While that situation has Newcastle interested, he is under contract at the Stade Pierre Mauroy until 2025.
Lille can essentially set their own price, which they will almost certainly do given that Newcastle is now owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Botman’s latest price tag has been revealed, with Howe eager to move quickly for the targets on his shortlist.
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“Lille would most likely sell for more than 50 million Euros [£42 million],” says the source.
Jonathan Johnson, a French football expert, told Sky Sports News.
“They don’t want to lose him this month, but with that kind of money on the table, I think it’d be enough to make them reconsider.”
“Since letting Jonathan Ikone go to Fiorentina and reaching the Champions League’s knockout stages, they’re not under as much financial strain.”
“However, I believe Lille would come to the negotiating table to thrash out a deal if that offer was made this month, around 50 million euros.”
Lille will play Chelsea in the Champions League’s Last 16 round, with both legs taking place after the January transfer window has closed.
Newcastle, on the other hand, has a crucial run of games ahead of them, with matches against Watford, Leeds, and Everton.