Hugo Ekitike: French striker has positive talks with Newcastle after Reims gave him permission to talk to Magpies | Football news

Newcastle had positive talks with Reims striker Hugo Ekitike after the French club gave permission to the 19-year-old to talk to the magpies.

Sky Sports News it was said that the player’s representatives were allowed to talk to the Premier League club as the clubs continued to finalize the deal.

A fee of around 30 million euros (25.6 million British pounds) is being discussed around the striker, who scored ten goals in 24 games in Ligue 1 last season, who will sign a five-year contract with St. James Park if the two clubs agree to fee.

Newcastle were close to signing France U21 International in January and returned for the player through the summer window.

Hugo Ekitike from Reims in a photo with Killian Mbape from PSG (AP)

Ekitike is one of four strikers Newcastle is discussing when they begin their first summer transfer window since the Saudi-led takeover was approved late last year.

Magpies also want a wide man

Newcastle United are also on the right wing market this summer, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Musa Diaby and Watford’s Ismail Sar.

Diaby has a contract with Leverkusen until 2025. The 22-year-old scored 17 goals and recorded 14 assists in both the Bundesliga and the Europa League last season.

Ismaila Sar celebrates Watford's equalizer
Ismaila Sar celebrates a goal for Watford

Sarr is entering the last two years of his contract with Watford and Sky Sports News has been told that Hornet will “consider reasonable offers”.

Watford were relegated from the Premier League last season, with Sar scoring five goals in that campaign – one of them during a 1-1 draw against Newcastle last September.

Which positions are focused on Newcastle?

Transfers to Newcastle
Transfers to Newcastle

Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downey:

Eddie Howe made big changes in January with five new arrivals – and expect him to make a similar foray into the market in his second transfer window.

The Newcastle boss is trying to describe the situation at the club as “Evolution” and not as “Revolution”, but he knows exactly the areas he wants to strengthen.

Howe will attract another goalkeeper, with Dean Henderson of Man United at the top of his wish list. A new central defender will also be added, although Dan Byrne arrives in January and Fabian Shar signed a new contract in May.

Remains questionable about Jamaal Lasseles’ long-term future at the club and it is possible that the club’s captain will leave to replace a new central defender. Newcastle tried to buy Sven Botman from Lille and Diego Carlos from Seville through the winter window. Expect the club to focus on someone of this kind.

Newcastle fans are desperate to see Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta come to the club, but will have to focus most of their budget on a single player if they want to find Bruno Guimaraes’ best partner. However, Howe is more likely to try to add to the left back and front, while adhering to the midfield, which is currently available.

Hugo Ekitike was close to moving to Tyneside on the day of the January deadline, but decided to stay in Reims. Newcastle is still interested, but also some of the best clubs in Europe. The teenager will receive a fee in the region of £ 30 million, but can play both on the wing and in a central attacking role, so it may be worth the price. He is the type of young person who signs projects that Howe longs for.

Hugo Ekitike from Reims in a Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne
Hugo Ekitike from Reims in a Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne

The left-back situation is interesting: Newcastle have the option to make a permanent loan from Aston Villa to Matt Target for £ 15 million, but the club has been watching Atletico Madrid’s Renan Lodi – among others – for some time and may decide to spend a little instead more for a more attacking option.

Newcastle spent £ 95 million in January, it could have a similar cost again if it adds four or five areas described above.

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