Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe has high hopes for Hugo Ekitike


Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe has high hopes for Hugo Ekitike

Newcastle United target Hugo Ekitike has the potential to be a star.

That’s why so many clubs are chasing him, and that’s why it’s so exciting to see that the Magpies are leading the chase. The likes of Borussia Dortmund and PSG have also been linked.

He’s been likened to Kylian Mbappe in the past, which is incredibly high praise. And he’s a player who could already be at St James’ Park.

Newcastle came so close to signing Ekitike in January, only for the teenager to change his mind at the last moment.

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But that hasn’t put Eddie Howe and co off. They’re still chasing the Stade Reims forward, and the rumour mill suggests that a deal is likely.

It’s previously been claimed that Newcastle are ‘expected‘ to sign Ekitike, while it’s also been reported that the fee will be similar to what was agreed in January – around £26million.

He’s had a season to remember in France, scoring 10 Ligue 1 goals and providing four assists. Those are impressive numbers considering he only played 24 times.

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Eddie Howe believes Hugo Ekitike can have an immediate impact at SJP

The Northern Echo report that the minimum Reims will accept for Ekitike is £17million. However, there will also be add-ons on top.

It will be interesting to see what kind of role Ekitike has at St James’ Park, if he does indeed sign on the dotted line.

Newcastle are in the market for a new forward this summer, with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Darwin Nunez linked.

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The Magpies need someone to compete with Callum Wilson, who has been a huge miss this season. He’s struggled with injuries again, while Chris Wood only scored twice in a Toon shirt. But can Ekitike compete with Newcastle’s current forwards?

Well, the Northern Echo claim that Howe believes the 19-year-old can have an immediate impact on the first-team. That’s hugely exciting, and would also relieve the pressure on signing a more high profile forward.

Ekitike is certainly a player for the future, but Howe believes he can play a role in the present too.