Newcastle agree deal to sign Dutch defender Sven Botman from Lille for £32million… as Eddie Howe continues to strengthen his squad in the transfer window with his third addition
- Newcastle have confirmed they have reached a deal with Lille to sign Botman
- The 22-year-old Dutch defender will join the club in a £32million deal
- Botman is the third arrival at St James’ Park in the summer transfer window
- Newcastle have already signed goalkeeper Nick Pope and left-back Matt Targett
Newcastle United have agreed a deal in principle to sign highly-rated Dutch defender Sven Botman from Lille for £32million.
Botman, 22, has completed a medical and will pen a five-year deal at St James’ Park.
In a statement, the club said the ‘formalities of the transfer are set to be concluded this week’, after which he will be confirmed as a Newcastle player.
The Holland Under-21 centre-back was always keen on Newcastle despite interest from A.C. Milan and boss Eddie Howe had long since identified him as his top target in that position. It was an opinion shared by the club’s scouting team and ownership.
Sven Botman is set to formally complete his move from Lille to Newcastle later this week
A January approach failed when the clubs were unable to agree a fee but negotiations resumed this month and, despite frustration when Lille raised the asking price to £37m, a compromise has been reached. The deal will include add-ons.
Botman will be Newcastle’s third signing of the summer, following the addition of left-back Matt Targett and goalkeeper Nick Pope.
But the club’s pursuit of Reims striker Hugo Ekitike is all but dead. Sources say the ‘ridiculous’ demands of the 20-year-old’s agent have forced Newcastle to explore other targets, with Paris Saint-Germain also now interested.
The 22-year-old Dutch defender is moving to Tyneside in a deal worth around £32million
A package totalling around £25million was agreed with the French club but, while there was hope of movement earlier this month, we understand Newcastle are ready to move on.
There is interest in Chelsea forward Armando Broja, who spent last season on loan at Southampton. Newcastle are waiting to see what Chelsea’s intentions are for the 20-year-old Albania international before deciding on their next move.
They like Sassuolo and Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca but there is a feeling he would prefer to stay in Serie A. Atletico Madrid have also now entered the race for his signature.
Botman will be Newcastle’s third summer arrival after Nick Pope (pictured) and Matt Targett
Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak is on the club’s radar but a fee in excess of £40m is likely to prove prohibitive given FFP limitations.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s situation at Everton is being monitored but he, too, would almost certainly cost too much. There are also doubts among one or two inside St James’ Park over the form and fitness of the 25-year-old last season.
In wide areas, Newcastle have watched Leeds duo Raphinha and Jack Harrison. The former would be a dream signing for Howe but, again, the financials involved would likely be beyond their current budget. Newcastle are monitoring the situation amid Arsenal’s interest in the Brazilian.