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09th Jan 2022

Newcastle target in line for 600% wage increase if deal goes through

Wayne Farry

Anyone know any good agents in the Tyneside area?

Newcastle United have been linked with every living human footballer since being taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund last year, and while controversy still surrounds the group’s ownership of the club, the world keeps turning and footballers continue to be attracted to project and depth of pockets at St. James’ Park.

Kieran Trippier became the first signing of the PIF era early this month, when he left Spanish champions and Champions League knockout round participants for the Magpies, with his celebratory debut against Cambridge United on Saturday rudely crashed by the EFL side, who emerged with a shock 1-0 win.

Another player who has been constantly linked to the club is Lille centre-back Sven Botman, the 21-year-old Dutch defender who was almost ever-present for the reigning French champions last season, playing 37 out of 38 league matches as they shocked the world by pipping another state-run club, PSG, to the Ligue 1 title.

According to website Get French Football News, Eddie Howe’s side are willing to offer £45 million plus add-ons for the player, who moved to northern France from Ajax in 2020 for a fee of around £7m. It’s understood that Lille would be receptive to such an offer.

While a move to the Premier League would undoubtedly benefit the Dutchman’s career and give him a chance of making the step up even further should he prove to be successful at Newcastle, another element to consider is obviously the wages he’ll be offered.

And according to GFFN, he could be set for a 600 percent increase on his salary, should he choose to join the club.

Botman is believed to currently earn somewhere between £45,000 and £60,000 a month at Lille – roughly £15k a week – with a proposed move to Newcastle potentially taking that up to £90k a week.

Aside from Botman, other players currently linked with Newcastle include Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli and most other out-of-favour attacking midfielders around England. They have also been linked to another defender plying their trade in Ligue 1, Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, who can play both as a centre-back and a central defensive midfielder.