Newcastle United Blog | Aspiring star reportedly can’t wait to come to St. James’ Park
Late on Tuesday news emerged that Newcastle were pushing for several signings to be completed early next month. The report, written by The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, named Atletico Madrid right-back Kieren Trippier as the most advanced to date.
However, Edwards revealed that other deals are in the works, with Newcastle hoping to secure reinforcements as soon as possible. The hope is that we can have some new signings in place for the game against Watford on January 15th.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has been following Newcastle transfer targets. He posted the following update on Twitter last night.
Newcastle are still working to sign Kieran Trippier who is out of contract in 2023 – Atletico are awaiting the official offer. It tops the list with 2 other options. ?? #NUFC
Newcastle are looking for a right-back, left-back and center-back [Sven Botman, depends on Lille plans]. pic.twitter.com/NIDCfVJU9A
-Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 30, 2021
Along with Trippier, Lille center-back Sven Botman is considered a prime target for January. The 21-year-old has excelled since joining the reigning Ligue 1 champions in the summer of 2020 from famed Ajax Academy.
The problem with Trippier and Botman could lie in their willingness to join a relegation scrum. There have been indications that Trippier would be open to the move. Earlier reports mentioned that a escape clause was being discussed if Newcastle were relegated.
The mail Now reports that Botman is also open to a move to St. James’ Park. Simon Jones reports that Newcastle are stepping up negotiations with Lille over their star defender.
The center-back is said to cost Newcastle around £ 30million. The key information to take from this report is that Botman is keen to take the plunge. Here is some of what Jones writes:
Botman is said to be eager to come and talks intensified on Wednesday as Newcastle scramble to strike a deal with Lille.
Newcastle still have work to do to convince Lille to part ways with Botman mid-season. They are currently on an unbeaten streak and move up the league standings. They also qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
AC Milan are also interested in Botman but cannot compete with what Newcastle are willing to offer. The report also names Trippier and Everton left-back Lucas Digne as other prime targets.