Newcastle United linked with fresh defender move as Sven Botman deal stalls

A new name has been linked with Newcastle United as efforts to sign Lille’s Sven Botman stall.

Newcastle United are reportedly showing interest in Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo as a move for Sven Botman continues to stall.

Lille defender Botman remains the Magpies top defensive target but a deal has not advanced as hoped over the last seven to 10 days.

Indeed, there is still plenty of work to do with suggestions that the Ligue 1 side have moved the goalposts and are now holding out for a larger transfer fee.

While United are not ready to give up on the 22-year-old, it is understood they are exploring alternative targets.

According to the Daily Mirror, Fulham’s Adarabioyo is among the names under consideration.

Adarabioyo joined the Cottagers in 2020 from Manchester City after succesful loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers.

The 24-year-old was a part of the Fulham side that was relegated from the Premier League but bounced back to play a leading role in their immediate return.

The towering centre-back, who is 6ft5in, was named in the EFL and PFA Team of the Year last season as Marco Silva lifted the Championship title.

In the opening 12 days of the summer transfer window, Newcastle have signed Matt Targett from Aston Villa, while a deal for Burnley’s Nick Pope is believed to be close.

Meanwhile, Freddie Woodman looks set to end his nine-year association with Newcastle by joining Preston North End on a permanent basis.

The 24-year-old, who joined United’s academy in 2013, spent the second half of last season on loan at AFC Bournemouth, though failed to make a league appearance.