According to The Guardian, Newcastle United have had a £30m bid rejected for Lille centre-back Sven Botman.
The same piece, written by north-east football correspondent Louise Taylor, states that we are now ‘increasingly confident’ of signing Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier after upping our offer to £25m.
As a result, it’s said that we hope to open talks over personal terms in the coming 48 hours, with the hope that Trippier will be a Newcastle United player by the ‘end of the week.’
The Guardian also state that Eddie Howe is eyeing a ‘minimum of four signings’ this month. Trippier and Botman appear to be two leading targets, however the NUFC boss is also keen to bring in a central midfielder and striker.
Back to Botman, it’s said that Lille are ‘determined’ to keep a hold of the 21-year-old Dutchman – despite the fact they are facing financial difficulties.
With this in mind, it makes you wonder if the Ligue 1 side might just buckle if a second offer in excess of £30m were to arrive?