Newcastle ‘table second bid ‘for Sven Botman just hours after Kieran Trippier transfer

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Newcastle have made their first major signing since their takeover in October, with the £12million signing of Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier being announced on Friday morning. And they could follow that up with the completion of a deal for Lille defender Sven Botman – with the Magpies reportedly making a ‘second bid’ for the Dutchman.

Eddie Howe’s side have struggled massively in the Premier League this season, racking up just 11 points from 19 games as they sit second-bottom in the Premier League table.

Just one win all season has given the club a genuine chance of relegation, despite their multi-million pound takeover in October.

With the joint-worst defence in the league, club chiefs have turned to defensive reinforcements to improve their precarious position, including the £12m signing of England international Trippier on Friday morning.

But with central defence being an even bigger problem, a need to strengthen at the back has become a real priority for Howe and his staff.

And with a bid for Sven Botman being rejected earlier in the window, it appears the Magpies are determined to sign their man after the Athletic reported a second bid had been made for the Lille star.

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The report states that the Dutchman is Newcastle’s first-choice centre-back target in the current window.

With Lille having rejected a bid earlier in the window, both clubs will be aiming to come to an agreement as soon as possible in order to avoid a transfer saga occurring.

It is unclear how Lille will respond to the new and improved bid.

The French side will be aiming to keep their star assets, with their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Chelsea on the horizon.

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But with Lille’s financial position being precarious, Newcastle chiefs will know that his signature could be easily attainable.

The 21-year-old is under contract at Lille until 2025, meaning the current French champions can ask for a relatively high fee.

But with their well-documented transfer issues, Athletic sources believe an offer of around £40m could prove enough to secure his signature.

Newcastle had previously been linked with James Tarkowski to join the defensive contingent, with the Burnley star’s contract up at the end of the season.

But with the signing of Trippier, the club have become hooked by ambition – and potential stars will now be more inclined to join the Magpies given the huge profile of signings they have been pursuing this winter.

The club face Cambridge United in the FA Cup on Saturday. 

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