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Report From France Sheds More Light On Ekitike Delay



Tuesday was another roller coaster ride for the Toon Army. News broke that an agreement in prinicple has been reached for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. The 30-year-old is expected to wrap up a £10m move later this week.

On a sad note, Freddie Woodman has officaly departed his home of nine years. The 25-year-old has joined Preston North End on a permanent transfer which is an excellent opportunity for the young goalkeeper.

Some potentially worrying news comes via an update on Hugo Ekitike from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards. He revealed calls to the player’s representatives have not been returned for the past week.


The 20-year-old is currently on holiday with the move to Newcastle in his agent’s hands. An agreement has been reached with Reims but the striker is being shopped around Europe.

While concerning, this may be the work of his agents trying to get the best move for their client. They could also be looking to cash in on lucrative agent fees which reportedly is a cause of contention with the Newcastle hierarchy.

France’s L’Equipe, by way of Get French Football News, are reporting that Newcastle remain in pole position to land the striker. However, there is growing concern due to the interest of some elite clubs in Europe.

PSG have been linked in recent weeks though they are in the process of poaching Christophe Galtier from Nice to be their next manager. They may not be ready to make a move until the managerial situation is sorted.

L’Equipe also claim Real Madrid see Ekitike as a future star and are considering making a move. Real Madrid have just added Aurelien Tchouameni of Monaco to their impressive group of Frenchman – Karim Benzema, Eduardo Camavinga, and Ferland Mendy.

They also claim Bayern Munich could pounce for Ekitike. Newcastle had seemingly fended off Borussia Dortmund, who have added Karim Adeyemi and are now going for Ajax’s Sebastien Haller, only to now see Bayern move into the picture.

Bundesliga writer Manuel Veth is confirming the interest from the Bundesliga champions. However, it could hinge on Robert Lewankowski landing in Barcelona.

This potentially sheds light on why the move to Newcastle is being delayed. Ekitike’s representatives are exploring all options which may end up with Newcastle moving on to other targets.


318 comments so far

  • TOONALE

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes

    2
  • arran Graham

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

    1
  • arran Graham

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #3

    So close ?

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s serious competition 😕

    2
  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Ekitike’s representatives are exploring all options which may end up with the blog moving on to other targets.

    6
  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #6

    what are other words for goalposts? i’ll start with woodwork.

    0
  • Romford mag

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Minamino off to Monaco for £15 mill

    0
  • Romford mag

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Uprights

    2
  • only one bobby robson

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Jumpers Jane jumpers

    5
  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #10

    ah yes jumpers

    0
  • The Mighty Quinn

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #11

    ????? ?? ??? ????
    @ToonMouthTyne
    ·
    1h
    Been for a sneaky peak inside SJP today……?

    ??All the concourse internal walls which were concrete breeze blocks have been painted Black & White.

    ??New flooring throughout.

    ??All bar areas are being upgraded.

    ??New LARGE TVs all over the place.

    ??New signage.

    #NUFC

    22
  • Davas

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Murphy’s targets

    5
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #13

    interesting opinions on Pope from some…

    Because he plays for Burnley apparently he is a hoofing keeper.

    Just as Tarkowski was branded a hoofing CB.

    Both not true.

    An earlier post link showed Pope is in the top 5 in Europe in sweeper interceptions and passes…

    And Tarkowski made his name as a ball playing CB but adapted his game to Burnley’s style.

    A bit of research doesn’t do any harm before making statements about players you might have pre-set opinions about.

    21
  • only one bobby robson

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #14

    If they keep changing the jumpers we will sign Calvert – lewin

    1
  • SirRhosis

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #15

    TMQ, any bleach in the urinals? 🙂

    6
  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #16

    “Murphy’s targets”

    please elaborate as google is not helping.

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #17

    What pope is , is better than darlow and woodman !

    3
  • SirRhosis

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Goalposts?…..A canny sized lass 🙂
    No offence intended Jane.

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Woodman gone. I figured Darlow and Gillespie would go instead, and we’d end up with something like Dubravka, Pope and Woodman. Wrong again, haha, but it does surprise me a little. Woodman is capable and will still improve. Good luck to him.

    6
  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #20

    “He had a prolific 2019–20 season, as he featured in every minute of Burnley’s Premier League campaign. He kept 15 clean sheets in the season, but missed out on the Golden Glove award when Burnley conceded two goals in the last game of the season, in a 1–2 home loss against Brighton & Hove Albion. On 11 July 2020, Burnley drew 1–1 away against Liverpool and became the only team to take points off Liverpool at Anfield the entire season. Pope was highly applauded for his performance in the match, as he made eight saves to deny Liverpool a win.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Pope_(footballer)#Burnley

    4
  • lochinvar

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Pope is to goal keeping what Targett is to defending.

    Solid
    Fortress Newcastle at Fortress SJP

    4
  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #22

    SirRhosis i’m not even going to try googling that one.

    1
  • scott

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Jane
    Sticks

    1
  • SirRhosis

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Peter, coming back or still in the huff?
    C’mon, you’re a big lad and a miss.

    0
  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #25

    What’s worse after Botman and Ekitike sign and we move on to other targets… it will all start again…

    He is, he isn’t, one foot in, one foot out… shake it all about.

    I think by next summer we will have an idea of what this new world feels like with even more BS spouted than ever before. It will get worse but we’ll get wiser to it.

    8
  • The Ledge

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #26
  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s al BS click bait nonsense

    Don’t believe a single bit of it

    0
  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #29

    SirRhosis

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Peter? Has Sir Puglet taken his ball home or is Peter another Peter? Anyway what is the reason for the departed ball?

    0
  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Ledge

    cwilly
    @willycarpaye
    ·
    13m
    I think pour New Castle. But Hugo dont confirm. Suspens!

    0
  • lochinvar

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #31

    The Mighty Quinn

    So much more can be done.

    Them black and white striped tropical fish in tanks around the concourse would be a nice touch.

    Andrex in the loos, soft soft soft

    Street food stalls, there’s only so many pies a man can eat.

    Cushions on the East Stand seats would be good for us older beggars.

    No more daft games on the pitch at half time.

    Lucky seat raffle, winner gets a box to share next home game.

    More large screens facing the East Stand, Gallowgate and Leazes.

    Trolley dollies selling peanuts, oops gone to far there.

    Anymore ideas?

    12
  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #32

    “Don’t believe a single bit of it”

    Mund in the past i would have said you were wrong!

    3
  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #33

    lochinvar you’re in the wrong job.

    2
  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Pope is the an example of the how much Eddie Howe has learnt since Bournemouth. Before he came here would anyone have said his first two signings of the summer would be a Defender and a GK i don’t think many would.

    7
  • SirRhosis

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Its,
    Sir Pug. He was disappointed with the zero offer of posters to a charity, which he said he would match in it’s totality, but then criticized those on the blog who would not donate. I won’t elaborate, but that seems to be the reason. unless he’s busy with something else of course.

    3
  • Romford mag

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Peter will be back ! 😉

    0
  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Looks like Etikite is in Reims (I presume) .

    0
  • Davas

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Sorry Jane, I went away. Were you joking or do you want me to say what I meant? 🙂

    0
  • SirRhosis

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve no doubt Rom. It’s those furry genes 🙂

    1
  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #40

    SirRhosis

    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #35

    That would be a shame if he does not return, always like his off the wall comments.

    0
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