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Report: Newcastle close to completing first summer transfer, £26.4m deal agreed for 'very special' player

Newcastle United are finally edging closer to completing a deal to sign Hugo Ekitike, according to a report from 90Min today.

Negotiations with Newcastle and Ekitike have been ongoing ever since the January transfer window. The young French striker nearly moved to the Toon in the winter window, however, a deal fell through right at the death. But Eddie Howe has maintained an interest in Ekitike, and a deal is now close.

90Min reports that a £26.4m deal has been agreed with Reims which will see Ekitike move to the northeast. It’s claimed the Magpies are close to finalising the whole deal, with Ekitike expected to sign despite hints of being wary of the move in recent weeks.

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Newcastle are desperate to add to their squad this summer after a brilliant second half of the season saw Eddie Howe turn things right around at St James’ Park. The ‘very special’ Ekitike will be expected to compete with the likes of Callum Wilson and Chris Wood up top.

Ekitike is seen as one of the top prospects in France. He has drawn interest from other big clubs in Europe too, including Dortmund, who saw him as a replacement for Erling Haaland.

TBR’s View: Newcastle Signing Ekitike Is A Great Start For Howe

It’s a big summer for Newcastle United. They did well in January with the players they signed and now the next step is to kick on and try and add real quality.

In Hugo Ekitike, there is an element of risk given his age and raw ability. However, if it goes well, the Mags are getting one of the gems of Europe for less than £30m. And that in itself will be a huge win for the club.

Ekitike has quality in abundance. Now, it will be down to Howe and his coaching staff to harness that talent and ensure he produces at Premier League level.

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