Newcastle United are looking into a potential January deal for Lille centre-back Sven Botman, according to The Athletic.
He’s described the Premier League as a ‘beautiful competition’ with an appealing style of football, so it would perhaps be no surprise to see his next move take him to England.
The Dutchman has also compared himself to Sergio Ramos and said he adopts a ‘killing attitude’ on the pitch.
Lille don’t want to lose him midway through their European campaign, and they’re also expecting further offers in the summer.
He only earns £18,000 per week at present, but Botman would allegedly be near ‘the summit’ of Newcastle’s earning list if he moved to St James’ Park.
While the pursuit is ‘driven by the head of recruitment Steve Nickson’, manager Eddie Howe apparently approves of the 6 foot 4 colossus.
Botman could be described as a ball-playing centre-half. Among positional peers in the top five leagues, he ranks in the 78th percentile for passes attempted, and the 80th for progressive passes (via FBRef).
In addition to helping Howe’s side build attacks though, he could shore them up defensively too. Last season, he was virtually ever-present in a Lille side that beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title while conceding just 23 goals.
Given the calibre of player, and of competition for his signature, this would be a real statement signing for the Magpies.
In other news, this PL defender has also been tipped to join NUFC.
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