(L-R) Lille’s Portuguese defender Jose Fonte, Lille’s Dutch defender Sven Botman, Lille’s Canadian forward Jonathan David and Lille’s Mozambican defender Reinildo Mandava celebrate scoring during the UEFA Champions League group G football match VfL Wolfsburg v Lille LOSC in Wolfsburg, northern Germany on December 8, 2021.
NewcastleWorld understands Sven Botman is United’s primary winter window defensive target and Eddie Howe’s side have reportedly placed an increased second bid in for the player.
Reports suggest it could be as high as £33million.
Talk of a move from French champions Lille to St James’ Park is floating around Europe with a number of sports accounts on social media mocking up images of players in black and white shirts.
One such image, has found its way into Botman’s timeline on Instagram - @svenbotman_ - and he’s ‘liked’ the image (see below).
Such activity has sent United fans on social media into meltdown.
Here’s just some of their reactions.