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Newcastle United: Sky Sports man blown away by pursuit of Botman

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Sky Sports presenter Joe Thomlinson has been speaking on the Football Daily YouTube channel about Newcastle United transfer target Sven Botman.

Newcastle have held a long-standing interest in the Dutch defender, although competition from Serie A champions Milan is seemingly making any potential deal that little bit more difficult.

Botman appears to have two choices this summer – either move to Italy and play for the famous Milan, or opt for a move to Tyneside that would see him become part of an exciting project under Eddie Howe and PIF.

Discussing the Toon’s transfer business to this point – which has seen the Magpies bring in Matt Targett on a permanent deal despite links to Atletico Madrid full-back Renan Lodi – Thomlinson appeared to be blown away by the fact Newcastle could land someone such as Botman this summer, saying:

“I don’t think there’s anybody quibbling over £12m for Matty Targett when they were being quoted £30m for Lodi. Probably a superior player, but do they need to spend £30m on a left-back? Probably not, when they might be able to get Botman through the door for a similar fee.

Will Newcastle sign Botman?

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“If that happens, it’s a good signing, it’s a really good signing.”

TIF Thoughts on Botman potentially joining Newcastle…

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An easy one to start with, where did Newcastle sign Bruno Guimaraes from?

While it appeared that Newcastle were starting to make good progress in their pursuit of Botman, having reportedly agreed a fee with Lille, the French club have now moved the goalposts and want the Magpies to offer them more money.

Indeed, this will have come as a huge blow for someone that PIF and Howe clearly rate, or they wouldn’t be spending a second transfer window chasing his signature. However, if his heart isn’t fully set on a move to Tyneside over Milan, the Magpies may be better off moving onto someone else.

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