Botman completes £35 million transfer to Newcastle as Saudi-led spending spree on Tyneside continues

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The defender becomes the latest piece in the club's rebuild ahead of the 2022-23 Premier League season

Newcastle United have completed the £35 million ($42.9m) signing of Sven Botman from Lille, the club confirmed on Friday.

Botman completed his medical on Tyneside on Tuesday before signing a five-year deal with the Premier League club.

The defender becomes the team's fourth signing of the summer after Alex Murphy, Matt Targett and Nick Pope.

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What did Newcastle say about new signing?

"Sven Botman has now completed his move Newcastle United from Lille after a deal to bring the highly-rated defender to St. James’ Park was agreed in principle earlier this week," the Magpies signalled.

"The Magpies fought off competition from a host of European sides to secure the signature of the 22-year-old, who has penned a five-year contract with the club having won the Ligue 1 title and the Trophée des Champions during his two seasons in France."

Botman told his new club: "I'm really happy - delighted - and I can't wait to start this new adventure. This is the best day of my life, to sign a contract with Newcastle United.

"It's a day I've worked hard for and I'm very excited.

Who is Sven Botman?

The 22-year-old defender joins Newcastle from Lille after two seasons with the French club.

He won the Ligue 1 title with Lille in 2020-21, featuring 47 times in all competitions and 37 times in the league.

Prior to his time at Lille, he rose through Ajax's academy, featuring for Jong Ajax and SC Heerenveen.

Internationally, Botman has featured for the Netherlands up to the U-21 level and was called up to the senior team in November but did not earn his first cap.

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