Report: Newcastle offer Champions League winning bonus in desperate bid to complete £29m deal
Newcastle United are continuing to try and sign Stade Reims striker, Hugo Ekitike, but have yet to see their bid accepted by the French club.
According to 90Min, the Mags have made an offer in the region of £29m for Ekitike. The young striker is one of the top young talents on the European market, and Newcastle are keen to beat a host of clubs to his signature.
However, 90Min, which quotes Reims president, Jean-Pierre Caillot, claims that PIF are still some way from having a bid accepted due to the structure of the deal offered. It’s claimed that the Magpies have offered the £29m, but it includes a number of far-fetched clauses, such as winning the Champions League.
“They did make us an offer worth €35m (£29m) in total, but it was with many bonuses and some of which were almost impossible to achieve – such as winning the Champions League. We want €30m fixed plus €10 million in reasonable bonuses,” Caillot is quoted as saying.
Newcastle are trying to bring the impressive Ekitike in while others in England also circle. It’s claimed that Arsenal and Tottenham also admire the teenager. Ekitike has hit nine goals in 18 this season. So far, Newcastle have signed just Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, despite a raft of bids for other players.
TBR’s View: Newcastle Need Ekitike Deal Done Quickly
This window is proving a real eye opener for PIF and co. While it’s admirable the amount of players they’re going for and the bids going in are there, clubs know the new Newcastle owners are loaded.
Like so many other potential deals, Reims are simply holding on for the biggest sum possible. Subsequently, Newcastle are going to end up paying over the odds for someone eventually.
However, at just shy of £30m, Ekitike might be worth the risk. He certainly has more upside than down, and could even be a saleable asset if he does well in the future.