Newcastle need to land a centre-back this week, with Sven Botman reportedly their number one target.

Before the transfer window opened, there were reports from the Athletic stating that the Dutchman was one of Newcastle’s main targets during January.

We’ve already seen one bid rejected, while there were reports of an improved offer late last week.

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Now the Northern Echo have reported the fee Lille are willing to sell Botman for. They claim that the Ligue 1 side will entertain offers of £45million.


That means if Newcastle really want to sign Botman then they’ll need to make him the club’s record signing. A £45million deal would eclipse Joelinton’s arrival from Hoffenheim in 2019.

Newcastle haven’t got time to haggle over Sven Botman

£45million is a lot of money for Botman. But Newcastle simply need to bite the bullet and match Lille’s demands.

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While we shouldn’t let clubs take advantage of our new financial position, this is a deal where we just have to meet the asking price.

The need for a centre-back has been evident for a long time. After Saturday, it’s very clear we need at least one to arrive in time to face Watford on January 15th.

There is no time to haggle or drive down the price. If the only way we can get Botman to arrive in time for Saturday is to pay £45million then so be it.

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It’s not like we’re signing a player past his peak who won’t be with us in years to come. He’s 21-years-old – he could be our main centre-back for the next 10 years. Of course, that depends on how both the club and player develop, but the potential is there for both to go to the top.

It’s more than they’d like to pay, but PIF and co have to get a centre-back in this week. Botman is their top target, and to get him they’re likely going to have to break the club’s transfer record.

Given our situation, needs must. In some instances we should aim to drive the price down, but that might not be possible if we want the 6ft 5in defender to start at St James’ Park on Saturday.

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