Wolves have suffered a potential blow in the transfer market, with long-time target Sven Botman thought to be on the verge of joining Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Botman linked with Wolves move
Bruno Lage may be flourishing in his first season as Wanderers manager, but he will be keen on bolstering his squad, in order to keep moving in the right direction.
One player Wolves have been linked with recently is Lille centre-back Botman, with the 21-year-old impressing for the Ligue 1 champions. Back in September, the towering defender even admitted publicly that Wolves tried to sign him in the summer transfer window, so he is clearly a long-term target for the club.
Newcastle have also continually been tipped to snap up the Dutchman, however, and it looks increasingly likely that the Magpies will get their man.
Who should Wolves sign?
The Latest: Defender set for Newcastle switch
According to The Athletic‘s Chris Waugh on Twitter, Newcastle are ‘pressing ahead‘ in their efforts to sign both Botman and Diego Carlos, as they look to make significant inroads in the January transfer window.
The Lille man’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2025, meaning a hefty fee may be needed to prise him away.
Botman also added fuel to the fire by ‘liking’ pictures of himself in a Newcastle kit on social media (Caught Offside).
The Verdict: A shame, but unsurprising
Newcastle’s recent takeover has given them a major advantage in the market, suddenly giving them a huge amount of funds for signings, not to mention the ability to offer big wages to players as well.
Sadly, that appears to have put paid to Wolves’ chances of acquiring Botman’s signature, with the club simply unable to offer the same amount of money.
Losing out on Botman would be a blow, considering he has averaged a monstrous 2.3 aerial duels and 4.6 clearances per game in the league this season. Only Romain Saiss (2.6 and 5.1) has averaged more for Wolves, and he is not even with the squad at the moment due to AFCON.
In other news, Tim Spiers has hinted at one player leaving Wolves. Find out who it is here.
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