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Newcastle chase Lille centre-back Botman

It is no secret that Newcastle United want to sign new players this January and, as a result, it has seen them being linked with a vast array of talent from all around Europe.

Their latest endeavour though hangs in the balance – a £30 million move for Lille centre-back Sven Botman has reportedly been turned down, which means that the talented 21-year-old may have to step in to force his club’s hand.

While Newcastle have limitless funds at their disposal, there will have to be a sensible approach to transfers and paying over the odds for a player that has accomplished very little could be deemed reckless.

Newcastle chase Lille centre-back Botman

 

Is this one that will go through?

Lille are essentially under no pressure to sell, having seen star players Boubakare Soumare and Mike Maignan depart last summer, in addition to Jonathan Ikone this January already, though this could well be a tactic to attract a substantially higher bid for Botman.

Having helped his club win Ligue 1 last season, the Dutch international is regarded as one of the most promising centre backs in Europe and a move to the Magpies would certainly be a coup for the new billionaires.

The player himself may well have to step in and declare his interest, or at least his agent, however, this will need to be done right. It is understood that Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has made a centre-back a priority signing this January, with the club in the relegation zone.

It was thought that Howe may prioritise proven Premier League quality that can hit the ground running in order to help steer the club away from trouble, which means that there is somewhat of a risk involved if Botman is to walk straight into the starting XI with the Magpies needing points as soon as possible.

 

Where else could the Magpies strengthen?

In addition to a new centre-back, it is thought that Howe also wants a right-back, with Kieran Trippier understood to be close to signing, in addition to a striker, winger, central midfielder and a couple of squad players.

One striker that has been linked is Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Mikel Arteta keen to offload the Gabon international due to disciplinary issues, however, there is no doubt that his goals could help to keep the club in the Premier League.

The most important priority for Newcastle is survival, so making sure that they bring in players of the right profile this winter is crucial.