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Newcastle Complete Third Summer Signing



Newcastle sign Botman
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Dutch centre-back Sven Botman has become Newcastle’s third summer signing, arriving from French side Lille for a fee in the region of £35,000,000.

The 22-year-old was one of Eddie Howe’s main targets this summer as he looks to bolster his defensive options. The Dutchman has penned a contract keeping him at Newcastle until 2027.

The Magpies’ moved for Botman in the January window but a deal failed to materialise after The Toon had two bids turned down by Lille. 

The defender played 32 games in all competitions last season with Lille, including 5 appearances in the Champions League.

Botman has yet to make an appearance for Hollands senior side but has progressed from the U15s to now being with the U21s side.

The Toon have beaten Italian giants AC Milan to Botman’s signature as they failed to match Newcastle’s £35,000,000 offer.

Botman joined Lille from Ajax in 2020 for €9,200,000 and has gone on to play 79 times for the French side.

The Dutch centre-back is the third player to arrive at St James’ Park following left-back Matt Target and goalkeeper Nick Pope after joining from Aston Villa and Burnley respectively.

What will he bring?

The left-sided centre-back is very comfortable in possession, with a pass completion rate of 88% in Ligue 1 last season. Botman also holds a great aerial presence with him being 6ft 5in, making him a great threat from set-pieces and solid in areal duals.

The Dutchman has also been compared by scouts to fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk and believe he can be developed into one of Europe’s best centre-backs.

Botman played a huge role in Lille’s shock title win in Ligue 1 in the 20/21 season as he played 37 times out of a possible 38 and they conceded 23 goals fewer than the season prior. 

His performances attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham.

How will he fit in?

You would imagine with the size of the fee that Botman will be one of the first names on the team sheet come the start of the season.

Botman is predominantly a left-footer but is comfortable on his right side meaning he could occupy the right-sided centre-back spot should the left side be taken by Dan Burn.

Eddie Howe has mainly played a back four during his time at St James’ Park meaning Botman’s arrival may disrupt the centre-back pairing of Burn and Schar that played a pivotal part in Toon’s revival post-January.

Burn has been a mainstay in The Magpies’ defence with him playing 16 times since his arrival from Brighton in January so you would expect Botman to take the right centre-back spot.

However, Fabian Schar should not be overlooked as he signed a new two-year contract in April which shows that Eddie Howe expects the Swiss international to be involved next season. Schar also played in 23 of the 27 games that Howe was in charge of last season displaying his trust in the defender.

With Howe adding Botman to the ranks, skipper Lascelles could leave Newcastle this summer with his old side and Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest keen to have him back at the City Ground.

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Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.



Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.

Newcastle United boss wants to extend the contracts of two players before losing them.

Eddie Howe has expressed in a recent fan Q&A his intentions to keep two out of contract players this summer, Loris Karius and Paul Dummett, according to the Athletic’s Chris Waugh, with both players current contracts set to end this summer.

6 players are currently set to become out of contract come June 1st, Loris Karius, Paul Dummet, Mark Gillespie, Matt Ritchie, Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clark. However, it is only Karius and Dummett that appear to be safe of getting the chop.

Loris Karius has spent this season as Newcastle United’s third choice keeper, with only one appearance coming in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup Final. Despite the loss, Karius did little wrong and contributed some wonderful saves late on in that game.

Paul Dummett has had the same treatment, with only one appearance coming his way, a Carabao Cup tie in the second round against Tranmere Rovers back in August. The 31-year-old Welshman is an experienced head and will no doubt have great respect within the dressing room having signed for the club back in 2012 making 205 appearances in that time.

Both players can expect new contracts from Eddie Howe as he has made it known that he wants them both to remain at the club next season.


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Top 10 Free Transfers NUFC Could Sign This Summer



Newcastle United Free Transfers - top 10 Summer 2023

10 players Eddie Howe could look towards with contracts expiring at the end of this season.

The free agent’s market is the absolute cheat code for clubs across the board, being able to avoid the rising transfer fees and getting players through the door through verbal agreements makes life much easier for clubs during the transfer window.

We have compiled a list of 10 free transfers NUFC could sign this summer from Europe’s top five leagues giving them a rating of the potential of them signing and the impact they would have.


  1. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

The 29-year-old full back has his contract expiring this summer and with NUFC already being hinted at as his potential new club, this one is worth keeping an eye on over the next few months. He would slot straight in at left-back to have healthy competition for fan favourite Dan Burn and add a burst of class and pace to that left hand side. The Portugal international already has an impressive CV and would be looking to show that off to the St. James faithful.

Potential – A

Impact – A


  1. Yerry Mina (Everton)

With Everton potentially facing the drop this season, a jump from Merseyside to Newcastle could suit the centre back to a T. The 28-year-old Columbian international would add to NUFC’s already in form back line and bring some South American heat as they look to progress further next season. Mina possesses dominance, aggression, and a great ariel threat and would be a top addition to the magpies this summer.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Jonathan Bamba (Lille)

An explosive winger who made his name known as Lille snatched the league title in 2021 in France, the 26-year-old is still yet to receive a contract extension from the club and could be looking elsewhere in the summer. Adding pace, flair, and drive to an already exciting front three for NUFC could be what fans need going into next season.

Potential – C

Impact – A


  1. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)

Reportedly being close to leaving in the summer window of 2022, Youri Tielemans would be a fine addition to NUFC’s midfield being able to operate in a slightly deeper role to allow Bruno to push further up the field and do what he does best. The 25-year-old has his contract expiring this summer and with him and James Maddison already being linked to the club, this transfer seems to make so much more sense and would add heaps of quality to the centre of the field.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Drive, power, and flair are the 3 best words to describe Crystal Palace star man Wilfried Zaha. The 30-year-old could be looking to depart his beloved club in the hope for European football next season and NUFC could be just the place for him. Being able to operate either on the left or down the middle, Zaha would thrive under Eddie Howe and be a fantastic addition to the front line.

Potential – B

Impact – A

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Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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