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Transfer notebook: AC Milan rivalling Newcastle for Lille centre-back Sven Botman

Sky Sports News rounds up the best transfer lines and snips on players' futures during the January transfer window; Brentford target Brennan Johnson is now worth £20m to Nottingham Forest, popular Rotherham striker Freddie Ladapo hands in transfer request and more...

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AC Milan want to sign Sven Botman from Lille, according to Sky in Italy. He is one of two targets they are looking at, including Paris Saint-Germain's Abdou Diallo.

It means Milan are rivalling Newcastle for Netherlands defender Botman - but French champions Lille do not want to sell him this month.

In the summer, while Sevilla and other Premier League clubs were pursuing him, the Ligue 1 club valued him at more than £27m (€32m).

Sven Botman
Image: Sven Botman is a target for AC Milan as well as Newcastle

Sources have indicated to Sky Sports News that this month Lille could ask for as much as £50m (€60m). Botman still has more than three years left on his Lille contract.

Forest's £20m Johnson priced out of Prem move

Nottingham Forest's highly-rated young talent Brennan Johnson appears to have been priced out of a move to the Premier League this month.

Brentford had been leading several Premier League clubs with interest since the summer but Forest have been telling clubs he is not for sale and they value him at least at £20m.

t means Brentford are not currently negotiating to sign the player, who had been quoted at more than £10m in the summer before he continued his blistering performances for Forest under Steve Cooper this season.

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Image: Brennan Johnson has been in red hot form for Nottingham Forest this season

Forest are ambitious themselves this window as they look to push for promotion to the top flight this season.

Brentford, meanwhile, are looking to strengthen on the wings - most likely in the form of wing-backs, while prioritising the contract situations of current players and staff.

Pontus Jansson is the most notable player out of contract in the summer while Rico Henry, Sergi Canos, Mathias Jensen and a raft of others - including manager Thomas Frank - have entered the final 18 months of their deals.

Rotherham goalscorer hands in transfer request

League One Rotherham's second top goalscorer Freddie Ladapo has handed in a transfer request.

He is currently on 12 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions. He has scored 38 in over 100 appearances for them since signing from Plymouth in 2019.

Rotherham did not wish to comment when contacted by Sky Sports News.

More to follow...

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