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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

  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #81

    Fenham

    If that’s the best you can do….. weak, inaccurate and out of date.

    You will no doubt be labelling others who match the criteria you’ve labelled me with and if not, you might explain why not.

    Again, don’t take too long

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #82

    Ketsy

    Bang on the money mate Slimani is a world beater
    😆

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #83

    Good evening Lesh your up early

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #84

    Lesh you have been called out.

    Cast yourself onto the floor of the blog and seek penitence for your mischief. Accept a flogging.
    In my guise as the Reverend Tuff – I will attend your confession and absolve you of your blog crimes. Your mates who have no humour can also attend for a flogging as well.
    Crime does not pay.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #85

    Lesh,

    You seem a little rattled dear sir, in all honesty 😆

    Is it because Your only a poor little far leftie with your red flags all tattered and torn, you came for mischief so I’ll keep this brief…Please don’t come back anymore 😉

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #86

    WorB

    Ok summon the popcorn lady

    😆

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #87

    Mr T does have a funny auld wit about him when your not on the receiving end I must say…PMSL 😆

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #88

    Fenham

    I forgot to ask whether you’d be good enough to back up your assertion by providing recent examples of my supposed mischief making?

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #89

    Fenham

    I agree he is growing on me
    Aslong as I keep my spelling in check

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #90

    Make sure it’s sweet cinema popcorn not salty. I hate salty popcorn. Leah will have the salted tear flavoured popcorn.

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #91

    Ah it’s good to see that Fenham’s been joined by his friend, his soul mate.

    Wor B

    Don’t disturb the popcorn lady. It’s not worth it.

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #92

    Fenham

    Sorry, you seem to have more than one friend now.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #93

    I await your expiation.

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #94

    Leah (can I call you Leah )

    Sorry marra just joining in the banta

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #95

    Lesh,

    You know you come on here to cause mischief on a football blog cone in own up to your sins.

    Keep your mischief for the below thank you 😉

    The Pernicious Influence Of Lefty Blogs
    By Ta Lesh Coates

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #96

    Fenham

    If your post @85’s the best you can do, gawd help anyone that’s reliant on any objective situation reports.

    Anyway, enough from me.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #97

    come on*

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #98

    Ho ho ho.

    Oh no that’s sweetcorn not popcorn!

    Sorry I’ll go back to lurking. 😉

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #99

    Princess Leah sorry I meant Lesh Howay you are on a football blog, you will get people singing football songs as per my attempt #85. Loved that terrace chant back in the day.

    What were you up to then I wonder? handing out leaflets for Greenpeace outside SJP with your Jesus sandals with shin length white socks 😆

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #100

    I think perhaps part of the problem is that Botman and Ekitike don’t really know just how good it is to play football at St James’s, in front of our amazing crowd, with the sort of support the side will be getting from the owners. You can’t beat that for a young player, moreover because they’ll figure and be given every chance to develop into top top players. Like Bruno, they’d be knocked out by it all, and should come, they just don’t fully realise it I reckon.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #101

    Popecorn, that sounds better!

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #102

    Fenham

    Did you hear about the war that’s just broke out with 2 notorious family’s from our neck of the woods
    Man that shit is serious, surprised there was no fatalities

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #103

    Nicky, that’s part of the problem, if they would get off their respective arses and get over here to talk to the owners/Eddie etc. the deal would be done. They’re relying on their “representatives” (agents) who in the main are more interested in what they can get, not the best for their clients.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #104

    It’s funny how some claim Mund gets ganged up on and hounded, yet do the exact same thing to Lesh.

    (Sorry to name you Mund just using as an example)

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #105

    Adamn

    Come on mate it’s just banta don’t make a scene your better than that

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  • Ace50

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #106

    A few quick points:
    – Pope is better than Dubravka. Dubravka has been a great servant but Pope is a step up and 8-10 mill is a great deal!
    – Mund – ty for ignoring stuff….the blog is better for it. Good reading today.
    – Jail – ty for almost ignoring Mund too 😉
    – it’s ‘families’, not ‘family’s’….just helping with SPaG as I work in education 🙂

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  • Ace50

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #107

    Oh, one quick other point…that link from FTC about Pope…great link and explains how Pope is better. Dubravka panics at the back, as does Lascelles 🙁

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  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #108

    All the 100 millions been thrown about in transfer window.then you get sadio mane giving his fortune away to his hometown what a special nice person he is .F@vk you grealish

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #109

    Ace

    Thanks for that but for God sake keep it between us don’t let Tuffers know cheers

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  • Ace50

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #110

    Secret is safe CH…glad you took it in the way it was intended…oooh er Matron 😉

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #111

    CH,

    Cannot say obviously too much on here, but yes I’ve heard all about it and there will be huge repurcussions for what took place. It’ will be ike going back to the naughy 80s 90s in the west end.

    Hopefully it calms down, probably not though as it’s going to right off unfortunately. Time will tell, but fingers crossed the west end and east end stay calm.

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  • Ace50

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #112

    Oh, and almost forgot…Kets is a hoot…he must make every sane person feel like typing in ‘WTF’

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #113

    I don’t understand. Why does Lesh get grief? Because he’s a leftie? So we’re literally reducing ourselves to insulting people based on their political beliefs? What next? Religious affiliation? Ethnicity? Gender?

    Pathetic.

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #114

    Fenham

    Repercussions have already took place I passed a farm a69 and it was on fire but yeah can’t say too much on here

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #115

    Only problem with Nick Poop is that’ll he’ll make a world class save and then boot it out for a throw-in when we had the chance to counter.

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #116

    Ruddy

    Again stop causing a scene it’s just banta marra and Lesh gives as good has he gets

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #117

    Adam,

    Lesh wasn’t ganged up on, he asked me a direct question and I answered it, so no need for your intervention tbh. Lesh thrives on the whole charade a lot of us know this.

    I know you are a very liberal type of guy, so that’s probably the cause of your concerns for a fellow fallen comrade, brother in arms 😆 just kidding, like CH says just banter 😉

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #118

    CH

    “Just banta” is in keeping with the standard of reply I’d expect.

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  • martoon

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #119

    Just catching up and Tom if you’re about despite our differences I was genuinely concerned to read you’ve been in hospital as I know you’ve recently had the lurgy but pleased to see you’re out now – I hope all is good now.

    Carltoon – nothing wrong with screen at SJP — from my seat in the Leazes Sports Bar I get a perfect view 😉
    Seriously what they need is a second large screen in the opposite corner then all parts of the ground could see at least one of them!

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  • coming home

    Jun 21, 2022 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #120

    Ruddy

    Banta is better than you attacking Mund last week then claiming your innocence don’t u think

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