Pod On The Tyne host Taylor Payne has been left buzzing as Sven Botman could now sign for Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Closing in
Writing in his latest piece for The Daily Telegraph, reliable journalist Luke Edwards has revealed that the St. James’ Park outfit are now ‘closing in’ on a deal to sign Botman.
Sources have indicated that they are close to a breakthrough for the central defender, after holding talks with Lille following their failed swoop in January.
The Latest: Payne buzzing
Taking to Twitter, Payne, who hosts The Athletic’s regular Magpies show, was left buzzing after hearing that the North East club are close to signing Botman:
“Massive signing if we can get this done. One of the best young defenders in Europe.”
The Verdict: Big coup
Signing Botman would certainly be a big coup for the Tynesiders, especially considering the fact that Serie A champions AC Milan are also in contention for his signature.
Of course, the Italian outfit can offer him UEFA Champions League football, so getting one over on them will feel huge for the Magpies in terms of their lure for top players.
Should Newcastle sign Botman?
Botman was Lille’s third-best performing player in Ligue 1 last season, and averaged more clearances and passes per game than any of his teammates (WhoScored), showing that he is equally as comfortable at playing out from the back as he is at getting stuck in to challenges.
Nonetheless, the six-foot-five colossus could end up forming a truly frightening partnership with the six-foot-six Dan Burn.
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