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Fabrizio Romano drops exciting Newcastle transfer update

Football journalist Fabrizio Romano has been discussing a potential swoop from Newcastle United for Sven Botman on his Here We Go podcast

The Toon Army have reportedly had a bid rejected for the 21-year-old midfielder which is believed to be in the region of €35m (£29.2m), however, Romano believes the Magpies may go back in for the defender.


Botman has received a lot of reported interest from AC Milan, too. The Dutchman is believed to be on their radar, but the Serie A side are yet to lodge a bid for the youngster.


Eddie Howe’s side have also been linked to the likes of Joe Rodon from Tottenham Hotspur, however, a possible deal for the Welshman is believed to be on a loan basis.

Discussing the Tyneside club’s interest in Botman and the possible next steps in the coming weeks, Romano had the following to say: “What I’m told is Sven Botman is 100% not leaving on loan in January.


“They only want a permanent move. They turned down a proposal from Newcastle, it was €30m guaranteed plus add-ons to arrive around €35m, and they said no from Lille, they want more than this – around €40m/€45m. They’re not accepting €20m, they’re not accepting [€30m].


“So as of now, what’s happening? Newcastle, from what I’m told, are going to try again. So they’re still thinking of Sven Botman, but it’s very difficult to change Lille’s mind in January. So I won’t be surprised if Lille will end up this window keeping the player. Newcastle are going to push again.”