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Newcastle United launch second bid for Lille defender Sven Botman



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Newcastle United had their initial offer in the region of $30million for Botman rejected by the current French champions, but have launched a second offer for the Dutch U21 international as AC Milan are also thought to be interested.

Sky Sports today reported that Newcastle have launched a second bid for their ‘top-target’ Sven Botman after making Kieran Trippier the first singing of the new era.

With the Saudi-led takeover of the club in October, the Magpies are expected to bring in a number of reinforcements, especially in defensive areas.

The new owners will be hoping the signing of Trippier from Atletico Madrid acts as a catalyst to encourage other high-profile players to head to Tyneside and become part of the exciting new project.

Newcastle are massively keen on bringing the 6ft 5in demanding centre-back Botman to the club and he would certainly give the club more stability at the bring, with the 21-year-old having the potential to be a real leader in the future.

Botman played for Lille on Tuesday in their cup defeat against Lens, the match ended 2-2 and then it was 4-3 on penalties, Botman was one of the three successful penalty takers for the losing side.


David Ornstein at The Athletic says that his information is that now Newcastle have gone back in and submitted a new and improved second offer for Sven Botman – the club are awaiting Lille’s response to the higher offer.

Sven Botman is understood to be keen to join Newcastle United, despite initial worries that the team’s current relegation fight may put him off. A fee of around £30m has been speculated to land the defender but it remains to be seen whether Newcastle’s improved bid will be enough.

Lille have got serious longstanding financial problems and are expecting to lost Sven Botman in the summer anyway so will they cash in now or play the long-game to try and get as much money as possible for their asset – as any club would do in the situation.

The threat of relegation means Newcastle would be keen to land Botman ASAP and his signature would send shockwaves around world football and show that the Magpies mean business in January and future transfer windows.

Many reports have been suspicious of Botman’s interest but with the signing of Keiran Trippier, the in-demand, impressive, young defender could be encouraged to follow suit and be part of one of the most exciting projects in football.

Thoughts? Will Newcastle land the Dutch u21 defender in January? How much would you offer for the centre-back?

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary



Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.

The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.

Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.

The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.

Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.

The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.

The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed,  Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.

The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.

Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.

It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.

What do you think Newcastle fans?

Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?


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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.



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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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