Romano claims on Twitter Newcastle have seen striker bid rejected
Fabrizio Romano has taken to Twitter to suggest that Stade Reims have rejected Newcastle United’s opening bid for Hugo Ekitike, with the Magpies being joined by West Ham in the race.
It was reported this week that Newcastle have added Ekitike to their striker wishlist. The 19-year-old – who dreams of emulating Kylian Mbappe – has scored eight times in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season.
Only seven players have scored more goals in the French top-flight. But Ekitike went into this campaign having only previously made two appearances at that level.
Newcastle have looked to ensure that he does not get the opportunity to make many more in Ligue 1. However, Romano has now confirmed on Twitter that their opening offer has been turned down.
Worryingly, the journalist added that a deal is ‘more than complicated’. He also claimed that West Ham have put themselves in the race for Ekitike…
Reims are not intentioned to accept Newcastle opening proposal for talented striker Hugo Ekitike. Deal more than complicated – there’s interest also from West Ham but nothing advanced yet. ⭐️🇫🇷 #NUFC
Reims want also a sell on clause included into potential Ekitike deal.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 11, 2022
West Ham joining Newcastle in race for Hugo Ekitike may be bad news for the Magpies
Clearly, Newcastle look to be much more willing to spend big this month. They have already signed Kieran Trippier. And adding further signings looks to be absolutely imperative.
Ekitike would be an incredibly exciting addition, given the Mbappe comparisons. And perhaps he may be more willing to join a club that is currently struggling. His priority has surely got to be securing regular game-time at this stage of his career.
But moving to West Ham is becoming a more and more attractive proposition. David Moyes’ men have been superb once again this year. And they are still battling on three fronts this term.
Their presence in the race probably will not help Newcastle in their bid to sign Ekitike.
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