Newcastle has a new Sven Botman transfer hurdle after a’second approach’ for the £30 million defender was made.
NEWCASTLE are planning a major overhaul of their squad in January, with Sven Botman among their top targets.
Newcastle has been dealt a new setback in their pursuit of Sven Botman, with the Premier League club reportedly making a second approach for the defender.
Botman has been a standout for Lille, helping them win the Ligue 1 title last season after defeating PSG.
In light of Lille’s well-documented financial problems, he has attracted interest from a number of clubs, including Liverpool and Newcastle.
After a disastrous first half of the season, Newcastle are desperate to add defensive reinforcements in the January window.
The Magpies have won just one of their 19 games this season, putting them in second place in the Premier League table.
Their defensive record, which is tied for last in the division, has been at the root of their problems.
This season, they’ve given up 52 goals in league games, a problem that Eddie Howe hasn’t been able to solve.
As he seeks to overhaul his underperforming squad, Howe will hope to find a solution in the January window.
Despite having the support of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the Magpies are finding it more difficult than expected to secure their targets.
Botman is certainly one of them, with Lille having already turned down Newcastle’s initial bid for the defender.
The mega-rich Magpies have reportedly’made another approach’ for the 21-year-old, according to 90min.
Lille is reportedly demanding a fee of around £30 million for the Dutchman, which Newcastle is expected to be able to afford easily.
The transfer fee isn’t the biggest roadblock for Newcastle in bringing in Botman.
Instead, it’s claimed that, while he’d like to talk to Newcastle, he has a demand that they can’t meet.
The problem is that Botman is said to be ‘loathed’ to miss Lille’s Champions League last 16 match against Chelsea.
The first leg of their knockout stage match will be held on February 22nd, followed by the second leg on March 16th.
Botman will obviously be unable to play in either leg if he moves on in January, and he will also be unable to play in the Champions League.
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