Another week is coming to a close without any imminent breakthroughs in the transfer market. Newcastle have just one senior signing on board as Matt Targett’s purchase option was triggered last week.
Two potential deals are currently at a standstill. It’s unclear what’s going on with Sven Botman but Hugo Ekitike is apparently stalling on his move to Tyneside due to interest from other clubs.
Dortmund has been consistently credited with an interest in Ekitike. A report from RMC Sport in France now claims PSG have signaled their interest in the Frenchman.
Reims striker Hugo Ekitike (19) is stalling over a move to Newcastle, despite a fee and contract being agreed, as PSG enter talks. (RMC)https://t.co/JVFM8cGATI
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 17, 2022
PSG are undergoing some changes and have recently hired Luis Campos as sporting director. They are also in the process of replacing manager Mauricio Pochettino with Nice’s Christophe Galtier.
The report suggests an official move for Ekitike will be delayed until the new manager is in place. If the young striker is waiting for PSG to make their intentions clear, that could drag this process out indefinitely.
Personal terms and a fee have been agreed upon according to this report. That has also been reported by local journalists, who believe Ekitike is keen on coming to Tyneside.
PSG have also been linked with Sven Botman in the French press. There doesn’t appear to be too much in that at the moment. So hopefully, that turns out to be the case for Ekitike as well.
82 comments so far
Jun 17, 2022 at 10:54 AMComment #1
(munster red, not mackems red :))
Jun 17, 2022 at 10:55 AMComment #2
And a first for the Irishman 🙂
Jun 17, 2022 at 10:55 AMComment #3
Forget both and move on to other players who want to come.
Jun 17, 2022 at 10:56 AMComment #4
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PSG have been in talks to sign Hugo Ekitike but are waiting to appoint a new coach before proceeding.
Newcastle are now looking for a plan B while the player stalls and decides his next club.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:00 AMComment #5
It was the same Loïc Tanzi who said a couple of week ago it was a done deal.
Told you i was quiet confident cause i rate the source very much.
Well, was wrong…
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:02 AMComment #6
Sure mistakes happen, but there’s something rotten in this Ekitiké story.
So i will do the only reasonable thing about it: will shut my mouth.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:02 AMComment #7
Munster is right, if this deal and the Botman one ultimately end up not happening, we risk having egg on our face a bit. As they’ve both been in the public eye so heavily, not getting them done after a January attempt and now a summer drawn out attempt, it wouldn’t look too good. Nothing against the owners for that, as they clearly rate these 2 players and want them in. But it’s got to be close to final decision time now you’d think? Are you 2 coming or not, yes or no and if it’s a no or unsure, then time to move on.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:02 AMComment #8
Tyran… You are talking about two different things here.
In Regards to McNeil and Cornet, i have seen Them play with my own eyes and im not impressed. Thats My opinion, and it aint more right or wrong than yours, just different.
The other thing is the reports you refer to. They stated that Howe was behind this transfer, not Nickson. I love Howe as our manager and I honestly wouldnt change him for any other in the world right now. But if these are players he want, then I dont trust him to make transfer decision just yet. It seems easy, unoriginal and very short sighted for where we have ambitions to go
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:09 AMComment #9
What do you mean doesn’t look to good? Why and what doesn’t? Why would we have egg in our face…?
We are right at the beginning of our journey and it’s going to be hard to convince players of great quality to come here. It’s not like we are 5 years in were players will jump at the chance of being here, it’s right at the start and during this time we will have difficulties and issues with players.
No egg on our faces as the owners are clearly trying to bring in next level players at a club who’s only remit last season was to stay in the PL.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:14 AMComment #10
Whatever happens with Ekitike and Botman…not chowed!
We’ll eventually get players in, players that wanna be here, that will fight for a place, the team, the badge, the fans and city.
They’ll fit the brief.
Like many have said in recent months…it will take time.
More than a few months. Clock watching slows time down…if ya wanna slow it down, check it!
Under the radar signings suit me just fine.
Press expectations blow!
Forget what others ‘think’.
Who thought Eddie could get our present team playing?
Not the gonks, that’s for sure.
Most of us didn’t!
If the likes of Jesus wanna go to the arse, more fool them. If they wanna come here, they’re prepared to fight, not expect!
Howay the Lads!!!
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:15 AMComment #11
I think I explained my reasoning in my post? Because they are 2 players we were after in January, which got dragged out a bit and they didn’t come. So if we have a repeat of that this window, where we are after them again and ultimately they don’t come, then it looks a bit like egg on our face. As we spent an extended time in 2 different windows trying to sign 2 players and persuade them to join, only to fail at it twice.
This is only IF it drags on this window and they don’t join. If it drags on and they ultimately end up joining, or they join soon then happy days. But if it drags and they both don’t, that’s where I think it looks a bit like egg on our face.
Nothing against the owners. Fully trust them to have an amazing transfer window. But these 2 deals not happening in 2 different windows would be a slightly bad look to the outside world and potentially make other players think twice.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:16 AMComment #12
Aye, the egg will be on the face of those that missed the boat.
They’ll probably have egg on their chin, too.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:16 AMComment #13
Best thing it to move on from them two players theres other playerswho will want to come . IMHO to much faffing around with them and their clubs of course
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:17 AMComment #14
I don’t agree at all. The owners won’t look bad if Botman or Ekitike don’t sign and players across the world will look at the likes of Bruno and his success here not the fact we didn’t sign two players. It’s not like it’s these players or bust. There is plenty of talent out there that can take us forward and if Botman and Ekitike don’t sign then it’s their loss not ours.
There will be no egg on anybody’s face
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:17 AMComment #15
BEEN after them since january and we are no further forward .
The overrated Frenchman
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:18 AMComment #16
Adamn_92 – It’s starting to look like amateur hour. The club looks like it’s out of its depth dealing with these situations. Ashworth may be up to the task but he’s arrived at a minute to midnight to get these existing deals done.The Saudis and Eddie are not fit for purpose in this realm.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:18 AMComment #17
Botman and Ekitike. BOLLOCKS to you time wasting pieces of sh##e. Why don’t we go for players that want to play for the club and not the to##ers that are just trying to drum up more interest for themselves and agents.
I how they so called proposed deals fall through for them both.
BAD BLOOD HELL YES !!
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:18 AMComment #18
Great minds and all that 😉
Mate they will be swimming in it
They play silly beggars then it will be their loss not ours mate
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:19 AMComment #19
It’s just press chatter.
Dance to the fiddle and drum!
They wanna build expectations, dash them, lower expectations, shatter that.
Do a little jig for the me me media.
Laugh at them!
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:20 AMComment #20
I also think that EH was ok for Bournemouth but dealing at this level you need another KK who knows how to treat and deal with the timewasters in the football industry
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:21 AMComment #21
I am like most on here and would like our business done early, but I trust in the people running our club, which is a complete opposite to the last ones who were ruining our club.
I still have my boots in a box in the garage under my 1979 Battle annual, I can turn out against Forest if we are short at the back – somehow I think we will be fine 😉
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:22 AMComment #22
nat phillips only 25, stepped in for virgil when he was out and played really well and 1/2 the price
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:22 AMComment #23
Exactly my point, why would you trust the report saying it’s only Howe’s decision? I’m not talking about players quality at this point anymore, cause it’s personal judgement. Let’s hear about your trust value. Why you trust a random report stating it is solely Howe’s decision to bring these players in. But you don’t trust Howe judgement of players even though he had succeeded mutliple times in bringing lesser players in and had them playing well.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:22 AMComment #24
Eddie Howe won’t be the one doing the negotiating it will be the owners. The owners do have a lot to learn but they are learning everyday with an ambition that isn’t rivalled
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:24 AMComment #25
I find it all hilarious, mate.
I chuckle away…every player in the world, is on vacation.
They’ve vacated, specially the ones who’ve just played int football.
It’s boring, for sure…but, not much is happening yet…so ‘they’ just make shit up!
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:25 AMComment #26
Ofm……Milan doesn’t have a project to offer as such.
When City and PSG started their project do u think players didn’t want to join because of it? Hardly.
Tripps has said on numerous occasions that the project here was a big factor.
He spoke in depth about it.
So has Bruno, BDB, Targett etc
Even Botman said in Jan he wanted to be part of the project because it was like City and PSG when they had their new owners it was intriguing.
If a player is put off from joining us it has nothing to do with any project it’s the fact we don’t have European football at the moment.
We are going to be one of the best-run and biggest clubs on the planet and to say that is putting players off is a load of crap imo in the short or long term.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:25 AMComment #27
That’s fair enough. I’m only speaking very exclusively and specifically about one potential outcome; Botman and Ekitike deals dragging on a bit and ultimately not happening.
Which may not be the outcome that happens at all, so may not even be a thing to worry about. I just feel if that potential outcome does end up happening, it’s surely got to be more a bad look than a good look, right? Not getting 2 players in 2 separate attempts in 2 separate windows is never going to exactly be a good look.
I’ve said many times already that it’s not like these are the only promising young players out there, so I trust we’ll get as good if not better alternatives. Which is what I hope we’re actively perusing as we speak.
I don’t think our owners look bad or will look bad. Just that one very specific outcome wouldn’t be a particularly good look and a bit ‘egg on face’.
I don’t agree with TOF that it looks like amateur hour. These are 2 deals that i’m absolutely not going to judge our entire window on as there’s still so much of the window left and think we’ll have a fantastic transfer window.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:26 AMComment #28
People give media too much credits……
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:26 AMComment #29
these 2 Botman and Ekitike could now be being used as a screen by the club, as the more important work goes on in the background ?? or maybe not !! we don’t have a clue any of us no matter what some are trying to imply.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:27 AMComment #30
I want to be clear that I am not questioning the owners or Howe’s ability at all, at transfer dealings or their role in the club.
I’m merely making an opinionated comment on one very specific possible outcome on 2 transfer deals.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:29 AMComment #31
Good point hibbit!
Bills Son Is Back
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:29 AMComment #32
PSG for a young French player… or NUFC.
AC Milan for a young for a young Dutch player… or NUFC.
It’s not as if they are English and want to stay in this country and already know and understand the passion and support of our fans.
As others have rightly said…
We shouldn’t expect players to have the same excitement and expectations that we fans have about the takeover and journey we are starting out on.
No egg at all on our faces if they don’t come.
There would be egg on it if we didn’t even try or gave up easily.
Whatever happens with these two, we’ll massively improve the squad with new signings this window.
THAT is for defo.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:30 AMComment #33
Botman and Ekitike will be wearing the egg, not the owners.
Will will 100% have a list of alternatives to our top targets and this will of been done and decided before the season ended.
The club really wants these two lads and it’s still early doors in the window so I guess they feel there is no rush but I can’t imagine this won’t be going on much longer as even the owners will of had enough.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:31 AMComment #34
Who believes what the papers/tv/interweb says?
Answers on a postcard, my desk, by 9am sharp, monday morning.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:31 AMComment #35
A successful transfer window is not judge on who you manage to bring in, but how the players perform for the following season after the window.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:32 AMComment #36
Hear, hear mate. Well said
I’ve said previously the same about these overseas players not understanding the passion we have as fans of this club. Id imagine they will know very little of us and the club. So like you say it’s not a surprise when your battling with Milan one of Europe’s all time top clubs and Serie A champions the season just gone and to add to the mix PSG. These are the clubs we will be batting with and it’s not going to be easy.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:33 AMComment #37
I played left CH most of my career. Can you play right CH? If so we’re sorted for Forest.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:33 AMComment #38
I don’t know if I agree that the players will, they will have moved to the clubs they preferred so don’t see why that would be having egg on their face. They will have got exactly what they wanted, whereas we won’t have.
All I mean is that we will have gone after 2 players 2 times in 2 windows and not got them. Which surely is more of a bad look than good look?
We will have a fantastic window with or without these 2 players, I have no doubt.
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:34 AMComment #39
Got back from Majorca yesterday my wife woke up this morning with a hacking cough running a high tempature. she done a Covid Test well she only has the BUG YCMIU .
had to phone everyone who was at ours yesterday told them all to take the test fingers crossed non of them come down with it .
Jun 17, 2022 at 11:34 AMComment #40
Or left and right CB. Whatever they call centre halves these days.