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Newcastle planning bid for Lille defender Sven Botman

Newcastle are planning to bid for Lille defender Sven Botman.

The Magpies are planning to splash the cash in the New Year following their Saudi-backed £300million takeover in October.

Lille star Botman, 21, is understood to be their No1 priority, though it is understood that the Dutch youth international could cost up to £40m.

And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle have contacted Ligue 1 outfit Lille about bringing him to St James' Park.

He tweeted: "Newcastle are planning to sign one or two centre backs in January.

"Dutch defender Sven Botman is still top of the list, waiting for an answer from Lille about final price tag."

Romano then stated that Howe is also aiming to sign a full-back in the upcoming transfer window.

He added: "Newcastle are also looking for a new right-back. Work in progress."


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