LILLE defender Sven Botman has rejected Newcastle and agreed to join AC Milan, according to reports.
The 22-year-old Dutch centre-back was heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park in the January transfer window.
Sven Botman looks set to secure a move to AC Milan in the summerCredit: Getty
But the deal fell through as Newcastle turned their attention towards other transfers.
However, the North East outfit remained interested in bringing Botman to the club in the summer.
The player is also said to have rejected Newcastle’s ‘new’ offer after the Italian giants offered him £2.5million per season plus bonuses.
Now it is up to Lille to accept a fee from Milan – which the Serie A side hope will be in the region of £25m.
Botman has made 72 appearances for Lille since arriving from Eredivisie outfit SC Heerenveen.
He was an integral part of the club’s Ligue 1 triumph last season as they shocked Paris Saint-Germain to win the French crown.
Magpies co-owner Amanda Staveley revealed in February that Botman was still keen on a move to Tyneside in the summer, despite talks breaking down one month earlier.
Staveley told The Athletic: “Some [players] desperately wanted to come to us, like Sven [Botman], who still does very much and has talked very openly about that.”
Botman himself also hinted at a move to Newcastle.
He told Ziggo Sport: “Everyone says about Newcastle – it’s all about money.
“But it’s a very nice project, if you look at where Man City and PSG started. I think it would be very nice to be part of that, but Milan is a beautiful club.”
Newcastle have significantly boosted their chances of avoiding Premier League relegation in recent weeks thanks to four wins in five games.
Eddie Howe’s men now sit in 14th place, four points clear of the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, AC Milan are searching for their first Serie A title since 2011.
They are currently level on points with league leaders Napoli and two ahead of rivals Inter Milan.
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