Report: Newcastle now close to sealing £30m Hugo Ekitike deal
A £30 million deal to take Hugo Ekitike to Newcastle United this summer is thought to be close, according to a report from 90min.
Ekitike continues to be heavily linked with a move to the Premier League. Newcastle attempted to sign him during the latter stages of the January transfer window. However, he was reportedly unconvinced about making a £25 million move midway through the campaign.
The likes of Arsenal and Tottenham are also said to be admirers of the 19-year-old. It is not difficult to see why, when he has scored nine times in Ligue 1 this season.
He has only featured in 21 games for Reims, with seven of those coming from the bench. His manager Oscar Garcia has described him as a very special player.
90min reports that a number of Premier League sides still want Ekitike, including Manchester City and Chelsea. However, it would appear that Newcastle are the team most likely to get a deal across the line.
The report suggests that a £30 million move to Newcastle is now close. Ekitike could actually move on an initial loan that includes an obligation to buy.
Signing Hugo Ekitike could be an outstanding way for Newcastle to kick off the summer
You can understand why Ekitike opted against moving in January. At the time, the Magpies’ situation was precarious. And a lot may have rested on the teenager’s shoulders.
Now however, Newcastle have proved that they have the squad capable of staying in the Premier League. So there would be a lot less pressure on the youngster.
He looks to have an incredible future ahead. So it would be a massive statement if Newcastle could get a deal across the line.
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