Newcastle United transfer news: Tottenham ‘very happy’ with Magpies defender chase, Liverpool see ‘opportunity’ to sign Toon target

Dan Burn has welcomed the competition for places at Newcastle United following the signing of Sven Botman from Lille.

Botman’s reported £35million arrival from the Ligue 1 side makes him Newcastle’s most expensive ever defender by some distance.

The 22-year-old has been out in Austria training with his new teammates and is set to feature in a match for the first time as a United player when they face 1860 Munich at the Saalfelden Arena on Friday (1:30pm kick-off).

And Burn – who was bought by Newcastle after the club failed to sign Botman in January – has been impressed by the new defensive addition.

“He looks really good,” Burn said.

“He’s only young and I can’t believe the size of him for his age, I know I’m skinny now but I was even skinnier back then! He showed his quality but we haven’t seen him play a game yet so it will be good to do that and try and get some more minutes with him.”

Both Burn and Botman are left-footed centre-backs, meaning they could be competing for the same spot in Newcastle’s starting line-up for the 2022-23 Premier League season.

But Burn insists that is a good thing as he told NUFC TV: “It’s good, I think you saw in January with the lads that came in, myself included, it’s just competition for places.

“When you know you’re playing week-in, week-out you can sort of relax a little bit but as I said it’s competition and we’ll see who gets the spot.”

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