Newcastle 'close to breakthrough in Sven Botman transfer' as they battle AC Milan for £30m Lille centre-back | The Sun

SVEN BOTMAN is close to joining Newcastle United as they edge closer to a breakthrough in their bid to sign him, according to reports.

Newcastle completed the permanent signing of left-back Matt Targett for £15million earlier this week, and will now pour all of their efforts into signing Botman.

The Magpies targeted Lille defender Botman in January but were unable to strike a deal in the mid-season window.

However, according to The Telegraph, a deal now appears to be very close as they seek to secure his signature ahead of Serie A champions AC Milan.

They report that while the race is not won just yet, 'there is a growing sense of confidence' a deal will soon be struck.

The 22-year-old confirmed his desire to leave the club this summer, telling Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad:  "I intend to take a step.


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"Talks are underway now. I won't go into all of that, but it's going well. I do hope that the transfer for the new season is completed."

The Dutchman was a crucial part of the Lille side which won Ligue 1 in the 2020/21 season, making 79 appearances for since joining in 2020.

Newcastle were brought out for £300milllion last year by a Saudi-backed Public Investment Fund, and they have wasted no time at all in recruiting fresh faces.

They brought in five new players in the January window, including Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes and Targett on loan, an assortment which came out to £85million.

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With Targett now secured on a permanent basis, it kickstarts what many expect to be another spending spree for The Magpies this summer.

Botman is the club's priority but they are also in the running to sign fellow Ligue 1 star Hugo Ekitike.

According to The Mail they have reached an agreement with Reims for his signature, but still need to agree on how the deal will be structured.

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