Despite claims from France that Hugo Ekitike is stalling his proposed move to Newcastle, local reports remain somewhat more upbeat. In fact, there is an update from Sky Sports today that the transfer could be completed soon.
Keith Downie is reporting that personal terms are close to being agreed on. If that happens, the 19-year-old would then fly to Newcastle for a medical next week.
Personal terms are close to being agreed with Hugo Ekitike ahead of his proposed move to Newcastle, according to @skysports_sheth. If teems can be agreed it’s hoped he can travel to Tyneside for medical & to complete move next week. Ekitike currently having some time off #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) June 17, 2022
It’s becoming unhealthy to put too much stock in any one report at the moment. That is the same with updates on Sven Botman. Both sagas have swung like a pendulum over the past few weeks.
The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has responded to this recent update. He doesn’t believe anything has fundamentally changed on either Ekitike or Botman. Though he does believe both players are keen to join.
It’s been close to being agreed for more than a week. It’s just about time it was actually done. The player is happy to come to #nufc. With Botman the problem, again, hasn’t been with the player, it’s been Lille raising the asking price
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) June 17, 2022
Time will tell whether Ekitike or Botman will finally arrive at Newcastle. At this point, it may be best to wait until we get some stealthy photographs of the players arriving for medicals before getting too excited.