11 Sven Botman 'alternatives' Newcastle United could look to sign this summer

Newcastle United are set to turn their attentions to alternative centre-back targets after being dealt a blow in their pursuit of Lille’s Sven Botman.

The Magpies have been admirers of the 22-year-old since their £300million takeover back in October and were keen to reach an agreement with Lille back in January.

But the Ligue 1 champions weren’t willing to sell Botman in January as Newcastle were forced to look for alternatives. They were eventually able to land a left-sided centre-back on deadline day with Dan Burn joining from Brighton & Hove Albion for £13million – but the interest in Botman remained.

Newcastle are keen on reviving their pursuit of Botman at the end of the 2021-22 season but their chances of securing the Dutchman’s signature are growing increasingly unlikely.

This week it has been widely reported that Serie A giants AC Milan have come to a verbal agreement with Botman regarding a permanent transfer this summer.

While Milan won’t be able to match Newcastle on the financial front, having such an agreement provisionally in place puts them in pole position to secure the player.

As a result, Newcastle will be forced to look for alternatives in the summer transfer window. Defensive reinforcements are crucial for Eddie Howe's side ahead of the new season and securing a place in the Premier League is a necessity in order to acquire top targets.

Here we look at a list of several defensive options that have been linked with Newcastle and assess their chances of making the switch to St James’s Park…

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