Players who have played for Newcastle and Lille amid Sven Botman move

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Following a long pursuit, Newcastle United look to have finally landed their number one defensive target Sven Botman from Lille.

The Magpies had been chasing the Netherlands international for the last two transfer windows, but it looks like Eddie Howe’s side have seen off competition from Serie A champions AC Milan to sign the talented center-back.

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The club agreed a fee with Lille on Friday evening, with Newcastle set to pay a fee in the region of £ 35million according to Sky Sports.

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Ahead of his move to the north east, Botman has arrived at Newcastle’s training ground to carry out his medical.

Botman looks set to become Newcastle’s third signing of the summer window following the arrivals of Matt Targett and Nick Pope.

Signing the former Ligue 1 champion, who was being courted by the Rossoneri, is yet another statement of intent from the club’s ambitious PIF owners who have been intent on bringing Botman to St James’ Park ever since sealing the takeover.

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With the left-footed former Ajax center-back set to become the Magpies’ latest signing, the Netherlands Under-21 international is set to become the latest piece of Howe’s blossoming jigsaw.

Moving to the Premier League could also bolster Botman’s chances of securing a place in Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands World Cup squad.

But with Lille’s soon to be former number four competing for places with the likes of Virigl van Dijk, Nathan Ake, Matthijs de Ligt and Stefan de Vrij, Botman will be hoping to hit the ground running with the Toon Army and secure a place on the plane for Qatar.

With Botman closing in on a move to the Magpies, Geordie Boot Boys take a look at five players who have played for Newcastle and Lille.

Players who have played for Newcastle and Lille

Hatem Ben Arfa

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The dazzling 15-time France international only joined Lille on a deal until the end of the season in January.

But after making just nine appearances for Les Dogues, the 35-year-old is set to be a free agent once again this summer.

Ben Arfa did not play for Lille again after manager Jocelyn Gourvennec accused him of inappropriate behavior in the dressing room, following a 0-0 draw against Bordeaux at the Stade Pierre Mauroyn in April.

Known for his controversy and disciplinary issues throughout his career, the mercurial attacking midfielder played 86 times for Newcastle, scoring 14 goals and laying on 15 assists before embarking on spells with the likes of Hull City, Paris Saint Germain and Rennes.

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Ben Arfa’s talent has never been in question but his dedication to fulfilling his burgeoning potential has been a constant concern which has reared its head time and time again.

Yohan Cabaye

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The classy ball-playing midfield technician made over 250 appearances for Lille across seven seasons before being signed by Newcastle in the summer of 2011.

The 48-time France international spent two-and-a-half years at St James’ Park, thrilling the Geordie fans with his quality form deep and ability to score screamers from range before securing a big-money move to Paris Saint Germain.

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Newcastle’s former number four scored 18 goals and supplied 14 assists from 93 games during his time on Tyneside before returning to his homeland.

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He was a key part of the Newcastle side that just missed out on Champions League football when we finished fifth in the 2011-12 campaign under Alan Pardew.

Cabaye returned to the Premier League with Crystal Palace in 2015 and had three seasons at Selhurst Park before moving to the Middle East with Al-Nasr and then retiring after a season back in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne.

Loic Remy

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Despite securing a big money move to Queens Park Rangers in January 2013 from Ligue 1 giants Marseille, Remy could not keep Harry Redknapp’s side in the Premier League.

Instead of dropping down to the Championship with the Loftus Road side, the Frenchman joined Newcastle on a season-long loan from which he scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances.

In August 2014, Remy joined Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea on a permanent deal and won the Premier League and League Cup in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

Following a loan spell with Crystal Palace, the striker joined Las Palmas on a free transfer before joining Getafe on loan 18 months later.

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Remy joined Lille in July 2018 and spent two seasons with the French side, scoring 21 times from 59 matches. For the last two years Remy has plied his trade in Turkey but the 35-year-old is set to be a free agent this summer.

Florian Thauvin

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Thauvin may have signed for Lille in January 2013, but after moving back to his former club Bastia on loan to conclude the season, Marseille signed the French winger in September 2013 without even making his debut for Lille.

The ten-time France international’s best football has come with Marseille and it was his form for Phoceens which prompted Newcastle to fork out £ 12m to sign the talented left footer.

But Thauvin struggled to showcase the same influential form he produced with great regularity at the Stade Velodrome for the Magpies and he only made 16 appearances for Newcastle, scoring just one goal, before returning to Marseille on an initial loan, which was later made permanent.

The 29-year-old, who scored 86 goals and laid on 61 assists from 280 Marseille appearances, is currently playing in Mexico following his move to North America last summer.

Mathieu Debuchy

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A product of the Lille academy, the 27-time France international made over 300 appearances for the former Ligue 1 champions before moving to Newcastle in January 2013.

Debuchy spent 18 months up north, making 46 appearances, before moving down south to join north London side Arsenal.

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The right-back made 30 appearances for the Gunners before moving to back to Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne. Debuchy, who turns 37 next month, is currently playing for Ligue 2 side Valenciennes.

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