Francesco Miniero, speaking with Calciomercato.it, has denied claims Botman has turned down the Toon due to their relegation battle.
He said, "Milan are an interested club like any other, but how it's going to end I don't know. It is one of the three most important clubs in the world, history tells us, but Lille also play in the Champions League.
"Refuse Newcastle? I think this is nonsense. The biggest obstacle is to convince Lille. Newcastle are an important club playing in an important league, the Premier League. It is true that their position in the standings is risky, but let's see what will happen during these 24 days.
"I repeat, Milan are a very interested club, before (Simon) Kjaer's injury they were already interested. But it's very difficult to get a player like that in January."
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