It is an open secret that Newcastle need to sign a striker.
According to multiple reports emanating from England, Newcastle United are linked with a move for Hugo Ekitike.
The 19-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
His contract at Reims is set to expire at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
The striker has banged in 10 goals and provided 4 assists in 24 matches this term on all fronts.
The 19-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in France. Ekitike has represented France at Under-20 level, winning two caps.
He will be high in demand this summer, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for Reims this term.
Eddie Howe wants to sign a new striker and Ekitike is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. He has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe.
The Newcastle United manager has been impressed by his performances this season and could make a move this summer.
The 19-year-old provides a unique blend between a classic center-forward and the modern striker.
According to the report, “Newcastle remain in the hunt for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike. The Telegraph says the club will return with a fresh bid for French forward Ekitike. Newcastle had agreed a £12million deal for the Reims star on deadline day in January but the deal fell through as the player opted not to make the switch to the Premier League. Newcastle considering a move for a striker comes despite the Toon splashing out £25million on Chris Wood in the January transfer window. Wood has played a key role in Newcastle’s recent revival but has scored only twice since signing for the Magpies.”
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The Magpies will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Ekitike to join the club.
A big money bid from Newcastle could tempt Reims into selling their prized asset.
Good signing for Newcastle United?
Hugo Ekitike stands as an excellent option for Newcastle.
Signing the 19-year-old in the summer transfer window would be a masterstroke from Eddie Howe.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Newcastle.
How strong that interest is and whether Newcastle United will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Should Newcastle United make a move for Hugo Ekitike this summer?
Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.