Sven Botman: Newcastle have transfer offer accepted by Lille for defender | Transfer Centre News

Newcastle have reached an agreement with Lille to sign centre-back Sven Botman.

The total fee for the defender is in the region of £35m.

Botman is expected to travel to Tyneside for a medical next week and to finalize personal terms and complete the deal.

The Dutchman was Eddie Howe’s first defensive transfer target this summer. The club named the defender as a transfer target in January, but negotiations with Lille proved complicated.

They beat competition from AC Milan for his signature.

Toon still in talks for Ekitike | Negotiations on certain “difficult” terms

Newcastle United are still in talks to Reims striker Hugo Ekitike but are prepared to walk away from the deal if no progress is made.

Negotiations on certain terms have been described for Sky Sports News as ‘difficult’, with a source revealing that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the France U21 International, with other clubs also interested.

Sky Sports News also understand Newcastle are close to agreeing personal terms with the 20-year-old.

Newcastle sign Pope from Burnley for £10m

Nick Pope has completed his £10million move to Newcastle from Burnley, with the England goalkeeper signing a four-year contract.

The 30-year-old was keen to stay in the Premier League following Burnley’s relegation to the Championship to ensure he remains in Gareth Southgate’s England plans ahead of the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

Pope, who had a year left on his contract at Burnley, will challenge Martin Dubravka for the No.1 shirt at St James’ Park.

The former Charlton goalkeeper becomes Eddie Howe’s second summer signing following the arrival of left-back Matt Targett earlier this month.

Pope said: “Now that I’m here, I can’t wait to get started. The deal took a few weeks to come through, but it crossed the line very quickly, and I’m delighted to be here and I’m happy to be here. I’m really looking forward to being there.”

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