By Noel Whelan

20th Jun, 2022 | 4:17pm

Newcastle United 'downfall' may have been exposed after Botman twist - expert

Newcastle United are going to have to pay a premium on transfer targets and it might be their “downfall”, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League striker insisted Newcastle will have to pay more if they want to climb up the table.

The Telegraph reported last week (13 June) that the club were set to issue an ultimatum over the possible deal for Sven Botman after they upped their asking price from £30million to £36million.

It is claimed that the northeast giants do not want to pay a ‘Newcastle tax’ on players just because of their Saudi owners.

A Newcastle source told Football Insider on Thursday (16 June) that Botman but he would prefer a move to AC Milan but Newcastle have not given up hope of signing the 22-year-old.

“When you bring in a consortium as wealthy as they are there are going to be some downfall,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“If they are really serious about building a squad and being a competitive force next year and having more wins than losses at St. James’ Park you’re going to have to take a bit of a hit, unfortunately, on some of these players.

“These are really good international players that you’re looking at. They’re not players that Barcelona, Man City and Liverpool etc. are going for but they are players that will definitely push you into the top half of that league.

“In my opinion, that’s where they need to start off. They need to spend maybe that little bit extra than other clubs would do because of their wealth and also because they are putting a team together that will take the next step on that ladder that they keep talking about.

“In five, six, seven years they want to be challenging for the Premier League title, well, it starts now. It might start with having to pay that little bit more, unfortunately.”

In other news, a finance guru has cited a “£400million” Middle East agreement as Newcastle United eye a “landmark” deal.