Newcastle United have practically ended their interest in signing Sven Botman this month, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
Lille have remained determined to fend off offers for their defensive star for the rest of the season, despite Botman being reportedly interested in a move away. The French side is in the knockout stages of the Champions League and there is still hope they can qualify for Europe.
Newcastle is now anticipated to move onto other targets as they search for upgrades at the heart of the defence.
Newcastle United End Pursuit of Sven Botman
🚨 Newcastle pursuit of Sven Botman looks all-but over. Lille refusing to consider sale so #NUFC turning focus to other candidates. Dutchman was top centre-back target + keen but #LOSC not engaging in talks + intend to keep 21yo until summer @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/nE1R4pU2fE
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 10, 2022
Lille Stands Firm
This is news no Newcastle United fan wanted to hear, but it is unsurprising. AC Milan director Frederic Massara downplayed their chances of signing Sven Botman during the weekend. He believes that Lille does not want to “deprive themselves” of his talent.
Lille is also under no obligation to sell the 21-year-old considering his contract runs until 2025 and there is little indication of Botman forcing a move. It is likely the Ligue 1 champions will be more responsive to talks with other clubs during the summer.
First of all, The Athletic reports a deal for Sevilla’s Diego Carlos is already in the works. It was originally hoped Carlos would partner with Botman to form Newcastle’s new-look centre-back pairing.
One of the possible alternatives on Eddie Howe’s list is Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile. The highly-rated 20-year-old is thought to be gathering attention from various Premier League clubs, including Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves. It is believed Monaco value the centre-back at around £35 million.
Newcastle’s need for reinforcements gathered greater pace after their dismal FA Cup lost to League One side Cambridge United. Newcastle currently sits 19th with one league win and two points off survival.