Newcastle United are reportedly set for more talks with Hugo Ekitike this week.
That’s according to i News, who state that the Magpies are looking to ‘unlock the impasse’ on the deal in the coming days.
Ekitike to Newcastle is turning into quite the saga. It’s been going on since early January, yet Eddie Howe’s side are still unable to complete the deal.
The arrival of Dan Ashworth as Sporting Director hasn’t brought a swift conclusion either. A £26million fee has been agreed, but that feels like a lifetime ago now.
Hugo Ekitike frustration for Newcastle fans
It’s becoming frustrating for Toon fans, who are desperate to see this deal completed. It’ll be equally as frustrating for the hierarchy, who have been trying to sign Ekitike throughout 2022.
Fan frustration will likely come down to the deal being played out in the media. We’ve been made aware of every twist in turn, which is what has taken this transfer pursuit into ‘saga’ territory.
The question now is how long should Newcastle wait?
Howe’s squad will be back in action soon for pre-season. As it stands, we’re no stronger than we were last season. Our only signing is Matt Targett, whose loan deal became permanent.
It’s clear why the club are pushing to sign Ekitike. He ticks a lot of boxes.
He will hopefully be worth the wait with club set for more talks
We obviously need another attacker. Callum Wilson was excellent when fit, but missed just over half of the season with injury. Sadly we can’t rely on him for a full 38 games. Howe needs better options in reserve, which Ekitike certainly would be.
His form last season for Reims proves he can be decisive in the final third, bagging 10 Ligue 1 goals. Ekitike also got three assists, giving him 13 goal contributions in 23 league games. That’s an impressive tally for someone so early into his career.
He can also play anywhere across the forward line – that versatility will appeal to Howe. We also need wide options to compete with our current wingers.
The 20-year-old is also young enough that he can be a long-term player for Newcastle. He can either grow into a Toon legend or be sold on for a big profit in the future.
The potential is clearly there when you see all of the major clubs that have been tracking him over the past six months. But it’s Newcastle that are at the front of the queue.
Hopefully talks this week lead to the conclusion we want. It would be a real shame for this saga to go on for so long and for Ekitike not to end up at St James’ Park.
However, we can’t wait forever. Something’s got to give.