Newcastle are still fighting to land Sven Botman from Lille

Newcastle are still fighting to land Sven Botman despite Lille defender being in advanced talks with Serie A champions Milan as they hope lure of the Premier League will prove key after seeing £32m January bid rejected

  • Sven Botman is still on Newcastle’s radar despite missing out on him in January
  • Lille rejected a £32m offer from the North East side, who needed a centre back 
  • They landed local lad Dan Burn from Brighton, but are back in for Dutch defender
  • Italian champions Milan have been credited with a strong interest in centre back

Newcastle are still in the fight to sign Lille defender Sven Botman.

The Holland international’s representatives have been in advanced talks with Italian champions AC Milan but Newcastle hope he prefers the chance to play in the Premier League.

Newcastle saw offers around £32million rejected by Lille in January, with Botman also preferring to assess his options at the end of the season.

Newcastle are still fighting to land one of their long-term targets in the form of Sven Botman

Newcastle are still fighting to land one of their long-term targets in the form of Sven Botman

Tottenham and Manchester United have also discussed the 22-year-old but he is further down their respective lists of priority.

Reports have suggested a deal is almost in place with Milan but Newcastle have been given encouragement there is still a chance Botman could be lured away.

New Serie A champions Milan, who are signing Liverpool striker Divock Origi too, can offer the prospect of Champions League football but the Premier League is a major pull for Botman.

Newcastle hope the league proves decisive in their continued pursuit of Reims young striker Hugo Ekitike too as they face competition from Borussia Dortmund.

Ekitike turn 20 next month and has progressed notably under the guidance of former Brighton and Watford coach Oscar Garcia, emerging as one of the best forward prospects in Europe.

Newcastle can trigger their option for Aston Villa left back Matt Targett if they offer £15m but the defender is wanted by his former club Fulham too

Eddie Howe needed a centre-back in January, but missed out on Botman despite £32m bid

Eddie Howe needed a centre-back in January, but missed out on Botman despite £32m bid

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