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€50m-rated Lille star confirms interest from Wolves in the summer

James Holland
Sven Botman Lille

Lille and Netherlands U21 defender Sven Botman has confirmed that Wolves were interested in signing him this summer.

The centre-back enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign in 2020-21 following his move from Ajax. He made 47 appearances as Lille ended Paris Saint-Germain’s domestic dominance.

Botman’s solid displays alongside former Southampton man Jose Fonte saw him gain admirers from the Premier League.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea were linked early on in the summer transfer window. United ultimately went for experience and brought in Raphael Varane, while Chelsea targeted Jules Kounde of Sevilla.

Wolves maintained an interest and enquired about his availability shortly before the August 31 deadline. They were quoted at a massive €50m (£42.4m), forcing them to pursue alternative targets.

In an interview with Dutch outlet NOS (via Sport Witness), Botman was asked about whether the Wolves rumours were true.

He said: “I can’t lie about that.” On the decision to remain at Lille, the defender continued: “[It came] from the club, but I didn’t think that was a bad idea in the end. I have a starting place and play in the Champions League, so it certainly wasn’t wrong to stay.

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“In football, sometimes things go quickly, but I believe that, in the end, everything will fall into place.”

Botman has started the 2021-22 campaign brightly. He opened his account for the season in Lille’s exciting 3-3 draw with Metz on August 8.

The starlet has helped the French outfit to pick up three wins from their last three outings. That run includes an impressive 2-0 victory over Marseille shortly before the international break.

Things haven’t gone as well for Lille in Europe. They were held to a 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg in their Champions League opener.

Les Dogues, as they are known in France, have also been beaten 2-1 by RB Salzburg.

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Plan revealed as Wolves eye Reading ace

Wolves have set their sights on Reading goalscorer John Swift, according to reports.

Swift has been in fantastic form in the first few months of the campaign. He has scored seven goals and assisted five more in just 11 Championship matches.

Reading are hoping to keep the central midfielder but could lose him as bigger clubs come sniffing around.

Online source Football League World write that Wolves, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Norwich are all interested.

Bruno Lage’s side are hoping to capitalise on Swift’s contract situation. His deal expires in June which means a cut-price deal may be on the cards in January.

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