Newcastle United set to agree record £35m deal for Lille defender Sven Botman

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Newcastle United are set to complete a club-record £35m ($42.9m) deal to sign defender Sven Botman from French club Lille.

A transfer fee of £31m, which will rise to £35m after the additions, has been agreed for the Dutch defender who will arrive at Tyneside next week to complete the transfer.

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Botman will become Newcastle’s third signing this summer following the arrival of left-back Matt Targett from Aston Villa and England goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley.

Targett, 26, enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Premier League club last season and signed a permanent £15m deal two weeks ago, while Pope, 30, was signed for 10 million pounds on Friday.

Newcastle attempted to sign Botman in the January transfer window but could not reach an agreement with the Ligue 1 club for a player who was also wanted by Italian champions AC Milan.

Securing the 22-year-old’s signature represents a coup for the club who finished 11th in the table last season, although they look set for relegation after winning just once in their first 19 matches.

Newcastle, which was taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium in October and replaced manager Steve Bruce with Eddie Howe a month later, enjoyed an excellent second half of the season.

A busy transfer window in January saw the squad bolstered by the arrival of Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Dan Burn, Targett and Bruno Guimaraes.

Newcastle 2021/22 season standings

The likes of Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton and Ryan Fraser have all seen an upturn in form under Howe as Newcastle have picked up 38 points in 2022 – a figure only bettered by Liverpool (51), Manchester City (43) and Tottenham Hotspur (41).

Newcastle have also attempted to sign another Ligue 1 player from Reims, striker Hugo Ekitike, but the club are growing frustrated that a deal has not been agreed for the highly rated 20-year-old.

Newcastle attempted to sign Ekitike in January but he opted to stay in France and reports now suggest the player’s agent is asking for a fee which the Magpies are unwilling to pay.

Howe is looking to bolster his attacking options and compete with injury-prone Callum Willson and signing January Wood, who has scored just two goals in 17 games after leaving Burnley.

Newcastle remain interested in Ekitike but appear set to move on to other targets, with Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin on their wishlist.

But with the Merseyside club apparently ready to sell Brazilian striker Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur, the chances of Calvert-Lewin also being allowed to leave look unlikely.

Updated: June 25, 2022, 11:12 a.m.

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