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Newcastle close in on £36m capture of Reims striker Hugo Ekitike

Newcastle close in on £36m capture of Reims striker Hugo Ekitike… as one of Europe’s most exciting prospects makes a U-turn after turning down Eddie Howe’s side in January

  • Eddie Howe has made getting a striker a priority in the summer transfer window
  • The Magpies are now closing in on the £36million capture of Hugo Ekitike
  • At 19, the teenager is one of the most sought after strikers across Europe
  • Borussia Dortmund were interested but he is set to sign five-year Magpies deal 

Newcastle United are closing on a deal to sign Reims striker Hugo Ekitike for around £36million including add-ons. 

The 19-year-old has indicated he wants to join Newcastle, despite interest from Borussia Dortmund, and is expected to sign a five-year contract. 

Ekitike is regarded as one of the best young strikers in Europe after blossoming under Reims boss Oscar Garcia, the former Watford and Brighton coach. 

Newcastle United are closing in on the £36million signing of young striker Hugo Ekitike

Newcastle United are closing in on the £36million signing of young striker Hugo Ekitike

Eddie Howe is thought to be prioritising signing a striker in the summer transfer window

Sportsmail revealed in January how the France U20 international had emerged as a target for Newcastle’s new owners. 

Ekitike initially rebuffed their approaches saying ‘it wasn’t the right time’ to join in January but he has been impressed by their persistence and wants to test himself in the Premier League. 

Talks were ongoing last night as the clubs try to iron out the structure of the final fee plus add-ons and agents fees. 

Ekitike’s arrival will be a major boost for manager Eddie Howe who wanted a young forward to lead his new-look side. 

The 19-year-old turned down an approach by Newcastle in January as it 'wasn't the right time'

The 19-year-old turned down an approach by Newcastle in January as it ‘wasn’t the right time’

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has also been discussed but Ekitike has been their prime objective. 

The teenager was in action for France U20s on Tuesday as he came on as a substitute in the Maurice Revello tournament. 

His side ran out 5-0 winners over Saudi Arabia and are due to face Argentina on Saturday. Newcastle will hold further talks with Ekitike to finalise personal terms once he is given the all-clear by the national team.

Newcastle remain in talks over a deal or Lille defender Sven Botman and Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett, who is also wanted by Fulham. 

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