Eddie Howe welcomes Sven Botman to Newcastle as deal is confirmed
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Eddie Howe welcomes Sven Botman to Newcastle as deal is confirmed

Sven Botman is finally Newcastle United player.

The Magpies agreed a fee of £35million with Lille last Friday – a major breakthrough in what was a lengthy transfer pursuit.

The 22-year-old then travelled to the North East on Monday, completing a medical and finalising personal terms. This was confirmed by Newcastle 24 hours later, with the Magpies announcing that a deal in principle had been agreed.

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However, the deal wasn’t official. That’s because of Lille, who wanted to delay the deal due to financial reasons.

But Botman had commented on the move to St James’ Park, and now the club have officially confirmed that he is a Magpie.

Eddie Howe shares what Sven Botman will bring to Newcastle

Newcastle announced the arrival of Botman on Friday. He has signed a five-year deal with the Magpies.

Eddie Howe will be buzzing, having wanted the defender to join his squad since January. The Toon boss has finally got his man, and has commented on the move.

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“I’m delighted Sven is joining us,” he told nufc.co.uk.

“He is technically very good, physically very good and has a great attitude.

“At 22, he already has solid experience at the top level but he is at a great age to grow with this team. I am looking forward to getting to work with him and seeing him with his new teammates.”

It took a week for the transfer to be finalised after a fee was agreed, and the wait was agonizing for Toon fans.

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However, the delay wasn’t an issue. It’s not like it has hindered his pre-season. Like all of the players who have been on international duty, he will receive an extended.

Howe’s squad returned to training on Friday, with the likes of Joe Willock and Jonjo Shelvey taking part in the session.

But the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes and Nick Pope were nowhere to be seen.

They will begin pre-season training soon, and they are going to be joined by Sven Botman.