Coveted £30m star Sven Botman chose Newcastle over West Ham United but now he’s snubbing the Magpies for Milan.
That’s according to a new report from Tuttomercatoweb who claim the defender is ‘unconvinced’ by Newcastle having initially snubbed West Ham.
West Ham and Newcastle are very much operating in the same marketplace for players this summer.
That was highlighted in January when Newcastle tried – and almost succeeded – in hijacking West Ham’s move for Jesse Lingard.
The Magpies and Hammers have locked horns in a tussle for French striker Hugo Ekitike too with Newcastle looking favourites to get that deal done.
West Ham were also linked with reported Newcastle target Diego Carlos who has now signed for Aston Villa.
Newcastle were even said to be trying to sign Issa Diop from West Ham too.
Another star very much on the radar of both David Moyes and Eddie Howe is Lille centre-back Botman.
The Evening Standard recently claimed the 22-year-old is a prime transfer target for Moyes with the Scot planning a squad overhaul at the London Stadium this summer.
The Lille ace will cost around £30 million according to a report from The Telegraph.
The problem for Moyes was that the £30m West Ham target already has his heart set on Newcastle, who tried for him in January.
That was according to Newcastle chief Amanda Staveley herself.
Speaking to The Athletic recently, Newcastle “co-owner” Staveley claimed Botman ‘desperately wanted to come’ to St James’ Park in January and still ‘very much’ does.
Well coveted £30m star Botman may have chosen Newcastle over West Ham but now he’s snubbing the Magpies for Milan according to the report from Italy.
However, Tuttomercatoweb claim that while the Magpies have had the upper hand over West Ham in negotiations with Lille, the same is not true of the player.
“The Sven Botman tug-of-war is far from over, as it’s reported although Newcastle United agreed terms with Lille, the defender wants Milan instead…” Tuttomercatoweb reports.
“Botman would prefer to play in the Champions League and have a chance of competing for silverware, so is drawn to Milan after they won the Serie A title for the first time in 11 years.”
While Newcastle have been chasing Botman, West Ham have switched attentions to another Ligue 1 defender.
Both are quality players but it looks as if West Ham will come out of this particular tussle with Newcastle better off.