'Tonight': Fabrizio Romano has just shared fresh update on Sven Botman to Newcastle transfer
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'Tonight': Fabrizio Romano has just shared fresh update on Sven Botman to Newcastle transfer

It has taken a while, but Newcastle United are finally getting their hands on Sven Botman.

The Magpies have reportedly agreed a deal with Lille over the Netherlands Under-21 centre-back.

Newcastle have been trying to sign Botman since January, and have beaten AC Milan to his signature.

This evening, Fabrizio Romano has provided updates on the breakthrough.

At 6:30pm, he reported that the Botman to Newcastle deal was in its final stages.

Around an hour later, Romano declared “here we go” on Botman to Newcastle.

He claimed that paperworks are being signed tonight, and that a contract for Botman is being prepared.

Newcastle have already booked a medical for Botman, added Romano.

The transfer guru also revised the transfer fee from his earlier tweet.

He claims Newcastle will be paying €37m (around £32m) with add-ons, with the deal “now completed”.

According to Sky Sports, Botman is expected to travel to Tyneside for a medical next week.

He will look to finalise personal terms and complete the deal.

Botman joined Lille on a five-year contract in 2020 and has made 79 appearances for the Ligue 1 club.

A product of Ajax’s academy, he had a loan spell at Heerenveen in 2019-20.

Newcastle have officially got two deals over the line so far this summer, with Botman set to be the third.

The Magpies signed goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley, and bought Matt Targett from Aston Villa.

“He’ll have a great career”

Lille ace Jose Fonte waxed lyrical about Botman last year, in conversation with talkSPORT.

“He is a top player,” the former Southampton defender told Jim White.

“I must say I was surprised when he first arrived. I wasn’t expecting this level of quality, I was expecting a youngster with potential, but the guy is very composed; he’s mature for his age.

“He’s a defender, and by that I mean he likes to defend; he likes to play simple, he’s strong, he’s tall, he wins his duels, he doesn’t overcomplicate the game, he’s good on the ball, left-footed.

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“He’s been doing extremely well since he arrived so yeah, no wonder there’s interest in him. It doesn’t surprise me [links to Liverpool last year], not at all.

“If you analyse his performances this year, especially against the top teams we’ve played, you can be sure he can play at the highest level.

“He just needs to keep going, keep improving, keep adding experience to his arsenal and I’m sure he’ll have a great career, he’s been doing really, really well.

“His personality, his character, he is quiet but he understands the game and he wants to learn. He’s one of the first to arrive at the training ground, he’s a good professional, he likes to do his work and he’s hungry.

“He has all the ingredients to succeed, but we’re really happy he’s with us and we would like him to stay with us, to be honest, Jim!”

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