Newcastle United will once again look to sign Hugo Ekitike from the French club Stade Reims. There were heavy links between him and Newcastle in the winter transfer window in January.
At one point, it seemed a deadline day transfer was on the cards. However, the teenager opted to stay in France for the remainder of the season and the deal didn’t go through. This led to Eddie Howe’s Newcastle falling short in attacking options. However, they managed to end the season on a high, at 11th position, considering relegation was likely at one point.
As for Ekitike, he had a disappointing second half of the Ligue 1 season. He succumbed to a hamstring injury which led him to miss a lot of footballing action. But he returned from his injury and participated in the final three games for the club. In that time, he scored a goal and recorded an assist.
He ended the season bagging 10 goals to his name along with 4 assists in 24 league games. Considering his age, it’s quite an impressive stat. However, it could be his last season at Reims with multiple clubs interested to sign him.
£26 million transfer fee demand from Newcastle United
Newcastle will once again make a fresh bid for Hugo Ekitike according to the reports widely spread. The Northern Echo cracked some fresh news regarding the present situation of this transfer. It mentioned that Reims will only sell him to The Magpies if they again nod up and down on the same terms they did back in January. Back then Newcastle agreed to a fee of around £26 million.
On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund also registered interest in the 19-year-old. With Erling Haaland gone to Manchester City, the Signal Iduna outfit will look to reinforce their goalscoring options. Sky also claimed that PSG are keen too. But it’s hard to see him in a forward line alongside Mbappe, Neymar, and Messi.
With a fee similar in the region of £26 million, Newcastle will look forward to completing the deal as soon as possible. The Magpies are desperate to get him and look like they can achieve their transfer target too.
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