Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has revealed that Sven Botman and Jesse Lingard wanted to join the club during the January transfer window.
Botman was identified as a top centre-back target for the Magpies last month, but Lille were adamant that he would not leave midway through the campaign.
In an exclusive interview with The Athletic, Staveley has said that the Dutchman was ‘desperate’ to join the club and remains interested.
She said: “Some desperately wanted to come to us, like Sven (Botman), who still does very much and has talked very openly about that.”
Meanwhile, the Tyneside outfit were heavily linked with Jesse Lingard during the back end of January, but Manchester United blocked his potential exit.
When asked about the England international, Staveley added that the 29-year-old was keen on signing for the club before the winter transfer deadline.
She added: “Well, Jesse wanted to come to us. We did everything. We never stopped. From the start to the finish, we did not stop working.”
The Magpies were the busiest European club during the recent transfer window. They made five signings for a combined outlay of £92 million.
Out of their signings, right-back Kieran Trippier has undoubtedly been the best recruit. He recently starred for them with goals in successive games.
Unfortunately, he is now sidelined with a metatarsal fracture and may not play any part for the remainder of their survival push this campaign.
While Trippier’s absence is a blow, the club are now on the way up. A run of 12 points from six league games has put them out of the relegation zone.
They are still only two points ahead of Burnley, who have a game in hand, but judging by the form of teams above them, they could beat the drop.
Avoiding relegation will be pivotal to their spending spree on quality signings. Lingard could be signed for free with his United contract expiring in June.
Botman could be on his way out of Lille after a poor defence of their Ligue 1 title. The Magpies now face potential competition from Serie A giants AC Milan.
The Rossoneri are said to be leading the race, having met his representative two weeks ago, but the Magpies could still lure him with a bumper salary package.