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Newcastle United still have loads of work to do in an effort to land Reims forward Hugo Ekitike over the subsequent few weeks, based on reports. The Magpies are currently in advanced talks over a move for the 19-year-old, who was initially targeted in January but decided to remain at Reims in an effort to weigh up his options upfront of the brand new campaign.

Newcastle wasted no time in resuming talks with Ekitike’s current employers at the tip of last season and have made loads of progress over the previous few weeks, with a deal almost sealed as things stand. Nonetheless, Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has revealed that Newcastle could still be left empty-handed despite the long and drawn-out negotiations which have gone on behind closed doors for the reason that turn of the yr.

“We’re being told personal terms are near being agreed with Ekitike ahead of a proposed move to Newcastle United, the transfer fee is in excess of £30million,” Sheth told Sky Sports News.

“This has been a difficult deal to do and there’s still quite quite a lot of work to be done before Newcastle can confidently say that Ekitike will turn out to be a Newcastle player. He’s currently having some day without work, he was a part of the France under-21 squad which won the Toulon tournament over the past few weeks.

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“But when, and it’s an enormous if, terms will be agreed it’s hoped he may fly into Tyneside as early as next week to take a medical and finalise that move. It looks prefer it’s heading in the fitting direction but this one has been very difficult and problematic to this point.”

It was recently suggested that Ekitike’s move to Newcastle may very well be delayed in consequence of a knock he suffered while on international duty on the Toulon tournament earlier this month. Nonetheless, initial scans delivered promising results and he is predicted to be fully fit by the point the brand new season gets underway in early August.

Newcastle spent greater than every other club in world football in January and will likely be seeking to use their money reserves to finally wrap up a deal for Ekitike over the approaching weeks. Former Premier League boss Alex McLeish has urged the Magpies to present up the chase, though, in an effort to avoid being held to ransom as a frustrating by-product of their newly-found riches.


“People will up the ante due to Newcastle owners, I get that,” McLeish recently told Football Insider. “Normally you might have certain prices, like property.

“You understand that it’s going to be around that figure, so it ought to be the identical for the players. When you’re getting held to ransom, I don’t think you may survive that.

“Go in your second goal. Perhaps they’ve got 4 people on their little list and perhaps they’ve got to go for any individual else.”

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