Newcastle dealt major transfer blow as potential defender addition stalls
Newcastle desperately need additions
Newcastle United are in a spot of bother, to put it mildly.
With just one win all season, an upturn in performances since new boss Eddie Howe came in has not translated to better results for the Magpies, who sit two points away from safety, and a further 7 behind 16th placed Leeds United.
They need additions to their side as soon as possible, with the new owners keen to see their acquisition avoid relegation to the Championship in their first year in charge.
And, the Tyneside outfit look set to make former Tottenham man Kieran Trippier their first signing of the window, with a deal edging closer to completion.
Not a done deal yet but Kieran Trippier’s now getting closer to join Newcastle. Club working on final official proposal to Atletico Madrid in order to complete the agreement soon. ⚪️🏴 #NUFC
Trippier prioritises Premier League move. Newcastle pushing on this one since Dec 15 ⤵️ https://t.co/gzm53qw6Rn
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 3, 2022
However, they have been dealt a significant blow elsewhere in their attempts to strengthen.
Lille star not for sale
As they aimed to strengthen their defence, Dutch youngster Sven Botman was atop their list. Both good enough for now, and to be able to withstand the continued improvement of the side in the coming years, he was thought to be an integral part of the transfer puzzle.
However, according to the Telegraph, the Magpies have been dealt a major blow in this hunt, as Lille have informed them that their young defender is not for sale in January.
The report claims:
“The reigning French champions have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League and have informed the Newcastle hierarchy that they are wasting their time trying to persuade them to sell.”
Newcastle told Sven Botman is not for sale in early blow to club’s January transfer plans | @LukeEdwardsTele
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 3, 2022
Can Newcastle offer enough money to change this stance, or will Howe and co. have to look elsewhere?