Sven Botman earmarked as Eddie Howe’s No 1 defensive transfer target this summer; Lille defender on verge of becoming Newcastle’s third close-season signing following transfers of goalkeeper Nick Pope and left-back Matt Targett; Magpies have beaten off competition from AC Milan
Newcastle have agreed a deal in principle for the signing of Lille centre-back Sven Botman.
Botman, who has undergone a medical on Tyneside, has agreed terms on a five year-contract, according to a statement from Newcastle.
The total fee for the defender is in the region of £35m, with Newcastle saying the “formalities of the transfer” will be concluded this week
The Dutchman has been Eddie Howe’s No 1 defensive transfer target this summer. The club did earmark the defender as a January transfer target but negotiations with Lille have proved complicated.
They have beaten off competition from AC Milan for his signature.
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