Sven Botman reacts as Newcastle United announce transfer agreement with Lille

Newcastle United have agreed a deal in principle to sign Lille defender Sven Botman.

Newcastle United have announced a deal in principle with Lille to sign central defender Sven Botman.

The 22-year-old travelled to Tyneside on Monday to undergo his medical and complete the relevant paperwork.

Botman arrived at St James’ Park around 6:15pm, where he posed for photos and put pen to paper on a five-year contract.

However, the Netherlands under-21s international won’t officially become a Newcastle player until later this week when the formalities of the transfer are concluded.

Club statement

“Newcastle United have agreed a deal in principle with LOSC Lille to sign Dutch defender Sven Botman for an undisclosed fee, holding off competition from a host of European sides to secure the highly-rated centre-back.

“Botman has completed his medical on Tyneside and agreed the terms of a five-year contract.

“The formalities of the transfer are set to be concluded this week, following which the 22-year-old will officially become a Newcastle United player.”

What Sven Botman said

Reacting to the move on Instagram, Botman said: “Official ✅ Happy to be part of the Magpies family! See you soon.”

Botman bid farewell to Lille on Monday.