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Newcastle And Reims Keen To Do Deal This Month For Striker Hugo Ekitike



Sky Sports are reporting this morning that Newcastle are still in talks with Reims about their talented 19-year-end striker Hugo Ekitike.

And the good news is that Ekitike is keen to join Newcastle this month.

The urgency of getting a striker in has quickly diminished, with Burnley’s 30-year-old Chris Wood joining Newcastle for around  £25M today – said to be the release fee in his contract.

But it may be even less than that.

Sky Sports report that Newcastle and Reims are getting very close to a deal for Ekitike and both clubs want to do the deal this month.

The latest is that Newcastle want to pay £22.5M upfront and then £2.5M in potential add-ons based on performance for the impressive young Ekitike, who has scored 8 goals in 18 games in Ligue 1 this season.

Newcastle also want to give Ekitike a five-year contract, and you have got to believe his wages will be a lot more than what he’s getting at the French club.

Here’s a piece from Sky Sports News’ correspondent Dharmesh Sheth:

“Talks are still ongoing between the two clubs. There’s still a will to get this deal done. It’s worth around €30M (£25M) – that’s €27M (£22.5M) upfront, with add-ons making it around €30M.”

“I’ve also been given a few details about the payment structure. It would be spread – like a lot of transfers are – across the proposed five-year contract.”

“As it stands there’s still a small gap in the valuation between what Newcastle want to pay and what Reims want.”

“Significantly, the player does want to come to Newcastle.”

This looks very promising, and it’s not an urgent signing as long as we can get it done this month.

But on the other hand, if we are that close – do the deal and get him in – it will add to the momentum and the fact that players are willing to join the newly rich Newcastle this month.

What we do need is a new center-back for Saturday’s game, but that’s now looking doubtful, with any new player needing to be registered tomorrow by noon to be able to play against Watford.

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140 comments so far

  • Romford mag

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Get it done 🙂

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    For me it still feels like we need another striker in if they think this boy is the real deal lets do it!

    The other good thing about him is he is 19 so won’t take a squad place up so gives us a bit more depth

    I actually still think we will be announcing Ramsey when he is out of his isolation period not an ITK but its just a feeling!!

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry repost as bus moved:

    Lord S

    Wood signing doesn’t mean our attack will suddenly transform and create extra crosses for Wood, that is focusing too much on the ‘Cross to Wood and Wood will score’ idea again. That being said, we have a world class crosser in Trippier so he probably will get better service anyway….

    Wood signing improves our attack because he can hold the ball up far better than anyone else at the club. Meaning, the rest of our team can move up the pitch which relieves pressure on us and puts pressure on the opposition. He occupies defenders creating more space and causes panic among opposition defence.

    He also doesn’t score all of his goals from crosses, so we don’t need to suddenly produce a million crosses to get goals out of him. He is very capable with his feet. He provides us with a focal point up top which benefits the entire team and gives us different options that we’ve been lacking.

    Don’t focus on the idea that we need to suddenly create a million crosses just to see the benefit of having Wood in the team. He improves us even without crosses and will get goals not from crosses too, like he has done his whole career.

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  • Lord Scatterbrain

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Using Mund’s analogy I guess we can adjourn court for further argument until Saturday at 5.00pm.

    We’ll soon see if Wood alone does make any difference and if we do score how it comes about…not that I care in all honesty…so long as we score and win I don’t give a fcuk!

    Proof I guess is always in the pudding.

    Onwards and Upwards

    Sheikh rattle and bank roll

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    I will be extremely surprised if we sign anyone else in time to play against Watford, but i’m not worried if we do or don’t. We go into the Watford game stronger with the addition of Trippier of Wood regardless of any other signings.

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  • Mund

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Sparky

    I totally get your points tho mate but I do think having Wood in against Watford puts us in a batter position to win.

    Each game and the points are all my focus.

    We will buy better by the end of the window but I do think we this is an astute signing

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  • Mund

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Liverpool’s Nat Phillips is another name high on Eddie Howe’s wanted list and the Reds are open to offers for the 24-year-old. But he would not come cheap, with a £15million price tag on the centre-back. #nufc

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Who’s gonna set up these strikers?

    Concentrate on the midfield, please!

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    great signing of wood good striker, knows the league well him and trippier is good ad ons to the team, dont think there be any add ons until tomorrow but god knows what there doing behind closed doors 🙂

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Is the suggestion of Defoe a joke? 39 years old, released by Rangers because the new manager doesn’t want to play him, previously played for Sunderland, and it’s been a long time since he’s been a force at the top level. I’d rather have Shearer…

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #11

    I can understand why some fans may be slightly underwhelmed by the signing of Chris Wood given the shiny, fancy European names that have been bandied about, but closer scrutiny of the deal makes it a no-brainer.

    Has a 1 in 3 scoring record, is a proper CF who is lethal in the air, holds up the ball and gets us up the pitch. Knows the league and has the mentality for a relegation scrap. Is tailor made for the Championship should the worst happen AND we got him in through the door ahead of an absolutely crucial, must-win game against Watford. Superb signing under the circumstances.

    We still need further reinforcements before the window closes but as Adam says, we go into the Watford game a much stronger side with him in it.

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  • Pottsclock

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Repost from end of last thread:
    The long ball out has always gone to Joelinton. It’s been so predictable that the opposition have always swamped him before the ball even arrived. At throw-ins, the ball has usually also gone to Joelinton, with the same result.
    Wood will definitely offer more options at set pieces and for getting the ball out, as well as a offering a significant goal threat.
    I’d really like to see us work on set pieces more. I cannot remember the last goal we scored (or even nearly scored) where I thought, “Yup, that goal came from the training ground.”. We now have Tripper who is great at set pieces and with the additional aerial threat from Wood and there are no excuses.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Phillips or Holding, either would do me.

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  • Lord Scatterbrain

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #14

    I’ve been banging on about this for months now…but the real change in our fortunes will only come when we get in a midfielder who can speed up our transitional play…we move the ball far too slowly and we crab side to side instead of making good progress and we and end up passing the ball back to Dubs.

    We never put the oppositions defence under enough pressure when we pile forward, they’re too settled and have too much time to organise themselves.

    And the answer to that is to dump Shelvey (Sorry Carltoon) and replace with someone like Ramsey.

    We need to speed up our play. We do that and we’ll get goals from a wide variety of players and hopefully we will get Wood scoring 7 or 8 by the end of the season…but if we don’t get in that midfielder, I think we’re goosed.

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and bank-roll

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Tell you what Jail, if we get Holding and he ends up being awful you’ll never hear the end of it 😉 haha

    5
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Anyone else notice the contradiction in the Sky report?

    Price of €30M with €27M up front, but payments spread over length of contract – what payments?

    If they are getting €27M “up front” that’s the entire price apart from “add ons”, which will be paid when the pre conditions are met. Sloppy reporting, either it’s in instalments or it’s “up front”. It can’t be both! Bloody idiots! 🙂

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Watford will have to watch out for all these high crosses flying in for Wood so will be preoccupied marki g him.

    Time then for some sneaky low through balls and Miggy scoring a hatrick.

    5
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Mund, I did not realise you were Scottish, but if you can batter Wood, you can batter anything

    Sorry, could not resist

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Wood coming in changes the dynamic of the Watford game massively

    If he didn’t sign Watford would be thinking get an early goal sit deep and Newcastle will struggle to break us down

    Now they might still drop deep but we now have an option to just put the ball into the box the cross doesn’t have to be amazing it just has to be in an area and their centre backs will be under pressure from the big man

    They could push up but that also leaves them vulnerable to a ball over the top from Shelvey or Schar onto Trippier, ASM or Fraser etc making runs in behind so its shaping up to be an interesting one

    5
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous @11 nothing more to add. A good signing

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #21

    now its up to the rest of the team to make sure they give woods all the ammo he needs time to start to play the game and give 100% or there gone real soon

    3
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Adamn_92,
    Ha ha, yes, I’ve nailed NY colours to the master there like 😀

    1
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail, Blofeld & Baxter “The bowler’s Holding the batsman’s Willey”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0a-FOoM9ms&ab_channel=iDiotFilms

    5
  • the crown princes nashers

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #24

    it is really time for the players to stand up and be counted these lot put us here so they should say right its for the shirt its for the fans and its for us to show that we are capable of producing a great team results to get away from relegation if they fail there gone and they be labelled with it not the club not the fans but them

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #25

    *my mast 😳

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    id make a move for deli ali

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    I really hope we sign this youngster Etikite. He wouldn’t need to be thrown in straight away seeing as we have Wood and Wilson will be back in a month or 2, so we can gradually bring him up to speed and let him settle in first. He’d bring an unknown quality if we did use him now and again. He’d be getting advice and learning from two experienced premier league strikers in Wood and Wilson which no doubt would help. Howe will have a young striker he can mould into the style he wants to play and pretty sure Jones was working with the England strikers at the Euros, so i’m sure he could help him too.

    He could improve steadily under us, is already well regarded as an exciting prospect and there’s no need to put pressure on him by expecting him to be the striker saviour. Would be a great deal.

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Clev they said 27M up front paid over 5 years and 3M performance or time based add on.

    I.e they’re guaranteed to have to pay 27M

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Sparky @ 14.

    I agree fully on the speed of transition issue and like you largely blame Shelvey. He sits too deep, takes his time and too often looks for the long “Hollywood” ball that rarely comes off.

    I put a couple of team lists up yesterday and he wasn’t on either. I put Willock in the more advanced role with Joe being the CDM.

    In the absence of a “star” playmaker, Willock is currently our best option. However, Cantwell and Ramsey would both be significant upgrades in that position.

    If we bring in a new “star” CDM, we could move Joe further forward as link man.

    Whatever we do, we need to move the ball from defence to attack quicker than currently and only rarely use the long ball as a surprise option instead of plan A, B, C and D.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #30

    i know it is not football. But Bumble is fantastic!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrCNUrnsu2s&ab_channel=jhaat_k_baal

    1
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #31

    the crown princes nashers, thank Dog you can make a move for Dele Alli. Because he can’t

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Rob, OK I always thought “up front” meant initial payment sometimes before deal is done.

    I’ve never heard of up front over 5 years – that’s simply not correct use of the words involved.

    They should be saying a Fee of xyz paid over 5 years, with an up front (initial) payment of x.

    There’s enough destruction of our language going on, without these numpties on Sky making up their own use of words. 😉

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 13, 2022 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #33

    The only hope of having somone else in before Watford is if its an UK based player. The UK aren’t in the EU anymore so a work permit will need to be applied for and I’m pretty sure it take a couple of days.

    This is the team we will have for Watford, unless Cantwell gets over the line ASAP.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Irish Rob, we could sign an Eire player! lol

    1
  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Also I’m not convinced Etikite is actually too lightweight for the league. Just because he seems quite slim doesn’t mean he doesn’t have good balance and strength. Crouch was as thin as they come but I don’t remember him ever being bullied off the ball particularly. If anything I remember him holding players off relatively well and bringing the ball down. Tall and slim doesn’t mean they’re lightweight necessarily.

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  • Vask

    Jan 13, 2022 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #36

    One thing I noticed when watching a video of etikite on the DWSOS was that he has a good 180 turn on him when defenders get tight. Quite strong and gets fouled quite a bit. I would love to see him here.

    1
  • BENNY 10

    Jan 13, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Admittedly I’ve only gone on youtube to look at him but I am alarmed by what I saw, not a single highlight showing any quality. He looks like a scrawny crap Dele Ali. He will be a bust in the Premership

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Jan 13, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Maybe the 9am announcements are due to Saudi Arabia being 3 hours ahead of us.
    Would still have preferred Solanke to Ekitike, he’s only 24 plenty of years ahead of him to hit his peak. Ekitike could come over and be a complete disaster but I suppose you could flip that and he could be a success.
    If Cantwell was coming in then I think it would have been done by now, maybe they’ve got a more high profile signing incoming r e Graves on SSN.
    TDG saw your post last night so I will extend an apology your way.

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  • magpie22

    Jan 13, 2022 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #39

    What are new owwners playing at haggling about a few million quid ?
    Do they not realise we are not in a position to haggle. Our premiership status is far more important than a few million quid at this present time. On Saturday we play the team we are hoping to drag into the relegation battle, therefore strengthening our sqaud whatever the cost now should have been a priority. The loss of our premier League status will cost far more in the long run and future plan that has been formulated will be put on hold, for how long no one knows. I don’t want to see us end up as another Leeds or Sunderland and it could happen because nothing is guaranteed in football. To me buying football players is no different to buying anything else, you ask the price up front, then either accept the cost or move on somewhere else. In sales the longer the price is haggled over the less likelyhood there will be a sale. Its better economics to pay the price quoted for a player you really, really, want, at the club and get them over the line asap, Only when you are in a position of security within the division can you start haggling about players prices.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Cristiano Ronaldo has said that it is not acceptable for the Manchester Yankees to be finishing lower than third in the Premier League table.

    Bye.

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