Report: Newcastle have talks planned this week to sign player who 'works so hard in training'
Newcastle United are planning to hold more talks this week with Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, as they look to finally get a deal over the line.
The young Frenchman has been wanted by Newcastle since January, when a late move for Ekitike fell through when it looked like a deal was all but done. However, Eddie Howe has maintained an interest in the impressive youngster and Dan Ashworth is looking to push the transfer through.
And according to iNews, Ashworth is planning talks with Ekitike and his reps this week as he looks to finally cement terms to bring the striker to the northeast.
Ekitike himself is thought to be open to the move but so far, his agents seem to be holding out for what they hope might be bigger offers from the likes of PSG and Dortmund. Newcastle, meanwhile, remain steadfast in their approach and are confident they can this done.
Should Ekitike sign, he would join Chris Wood and Callum Wilson in being the main strikers at the club. The Mags are expected to pay over £25m to bring Ekitike to the club.
The young striker is known to be impressive in his work ethic, with his former coach praising just how hard he works in training to improve.
TBR’s View: Newcastle Have To Get This Done Or Walk Away
This seems to be dragging on a bit now and Newcastle need to be getting it over the line or simply walk away.
Ekitike obviously wants to sign and there’s good reason as well. Newcastle are a club on the up and over time, the young striker should play a key role. However, the Mags can only wait so long, given this has been dragging on since January now.
Hopefully, his agents see sense and simply get the deal done. The money side of things is no problem for Newcastle, so it’s just a case of the deal being signed off by all.
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