According to reports, Lille defender Sven Botman has rejected a move to Newcastle United as AC Milan are eyeing a move for him.
Ligue 1 side Lille are reportedly holding out for a fee of around £40m for Botman.
The 21-year-old came through Ajax’s academy, but he did not make his senior debut for the Dutch giants.
Lille paid around £7.5m to sign Botman ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. He has been an ever-present for them since this move.
The defender has already featured 58 times for them across all competitions. He has also played for the Netherlands at youth level and he has been capped nine times for their U21 side since 2020.
To improve their chances of staying up, Newcastle are expected to be busy in the January transfer market.
Eddie Howe’s side currently sit 19th in the Premier League. They are two points adrift of safety but they have played more times than Burnley and Watford.
Italian outlet Calciomercato (as cited by Sport Witness) are reporting that AC Milan are also chasing Botman.
They state that the player has rejected a move to Newcastle, as he views them as “rich but unattractive”.
Elsewhere, Noel Whelan has suggested that are “being held to ransom” regarding transfer fees given their position in the Premier League.
Kieran Trippier looks set to be Newcastle’s first January signing. They have agreed to pay Atletico Madrid £12m plus add-ons for the Englishman.
Whelan said: “It’s the price of doing business in January.
“It just shows how desperate Newcastle are for experience and quality. That they’re willing to pay that much for a player coming out of contract very soon.
“Newcastle are being held to ransom a little bit by their league position.
“Sometimes you’ve got to take that hit financially in order to get that top-class player through the door. They need him now; they can’t afford to wait.
“He’s 31 years of age, yes, but he’s probably still also one of the best full-backs in England and the Premier League.
“He’ll be a massive help defensively, his experience, and also his delivery from set-pieces – he’s not a risk, he’ll give them three to four good years of service.“