Newcastle dealt a blow as Lille throw in last-minute wrench as part of Botman deal

Premier League side Newcastle United were dealt a fatal blow in the club’s ongoing lawsuit against LOSC Lille star Sven Botman on Monday.

Recent weeks have of course seen Dutch international Botman tipped for a switch from St. James.

Despite numerous reports from Italy suggesting the defender was set to join Serie A champions AC Milan, the Tyneside transfer side have since gotten firmly back in the hunt for the much-loved 22 years old.

In fact, speculation over the past week had pointed to Newcastle as the new clear leader in the Botman contest, amid growing confidence that a deal was moving ever closer to completion.

LILLE – Sven Botman suffers from a hamstring strain during the UEFA Champions League match between Lille OSC and Chelsea FC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on March 16, 2022 in Lille, France. PAN | Dutch height | Gerrit van Keulen (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

As alluded to above, however, on Monday the Magpies’ hopes of finally pushing a long-awaited deal for their No. 1 defensive target over the line were dashed.

It comes after Ligue 1 side Lille’s board threw a last-minute spanner in the works, midway through the latest round of negotiations between the clubs.

According to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, in a bid to take advantage of Newcastle’s newfound wealth, The Mastiffs informed the Tynesiders of an increase in Botman’s asking price.

Having previously demanded £30m for their star cap, Lille would now want no less than £36m.

The St. James’ Park hierarchy, in turn, is considering pulling out of the deal, ready to table a final “take it or leave it” offer over the next few days.

Ekitike incoming

While a deal to bolster the ranks of Eddie Howe stutters, another, on the other hand, seems to be back on track.

After the Magpies’ move for Stade de Reims wonderkid Hugo Ekitike was thrown into doubt due to a fresh injury picked up by the French youth international, further contact has been initiated between the sides in the coming week. to prove “significant” in a final agreement being reached, according to reports.

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