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Report States Priority Target No Longer Taking Newcastle’s Calls



One of the most frustrating aspects of this window is breaking news from reports that directly contradict each other. Newcastle’s pursuits of both Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman have been rife with pendulum swings.

Again this morning there are disparate claims regarding Hugo Ekitike. Lee Ryder reported that talks have progressed between NUFC sporting director Dan Ashworth and Ekitike’s agent over the past few days.

He added that staff was on standby for the player’s arrival should a breakthrough be reached. The hold-up is down to agents’ fees. By Ryder’s account, the 20-year-old is pushing to get the deal sorted.

The latest from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards paints a far different and darker picture. Edwards is reporting the lines of communication have gone silent with no contact in the past week.

There are fears inside St. James’ Park that the Frenchman doesn’t want the move as calls have not been returned. Newcastle have, however, reached a full agreement with Reims for an initial payment of £12m rising to £26m.

The update on Botman is only slightly less worrying. Lille have refused to come down from their increased demands. A few weeks ago, Edwards revealed Lille raised the asking price to £37m after weeks of negotiating a £30m fee.

Botman, who is also on holiday, is keen on the move. AC Milan have not even matched Newcastle’s offer of £30m so appear to be out of the running at this stage. Botman is currently waiting on a bid to be accepted.

There are claims from France that Lille’s owners have grown frustrated with the lack of player sales. This has put president Olivier Letang’s job in jeopardy. Whether this impacts the club’s stance on Botman’s valuation remains to be seen.

Newcastle have now moved on to other options at both striker and center-back according to Edwards. They simply cannot expend any more energy on these two targets with preseason just around the corner.

Time will tell what happens moving forward. As Mehrdad Ghodoussi tweeted to a frustrated fan last week, ‘Patience is a virtue’.


172 comments so far

  • The Prince's Mate

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #81

    I would accept our present squad if we HAD to as long as our reputation is intact

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #82

    Cheers Tom, thanks for the update and get well soon, enjoy your Kip. 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #83

    TPM, to be honest mate, it’s the journos losing their reputation not us. The usual no news scenario is useless for them, so they have to make things up.

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #84

    Probably Bob but I bite too easy

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #85

    Don’t we all.

    I rant and rave about the standard of journalism and still click like an idiot. 🙁

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  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #86

    They are trying to out guess each other to the truth 😆

    To think they get paid to make shit up is unreal.

    “Patience is a virtue”

    Patience is a virtue
    It’s a soul’s companion
    You can feel it everywhere

    Lift your hands and voices
    Free your mind and join us
    You can feel it in the air

    Oh-oh, it’s a passion
    Oh-oh, you can feel it in the air
    Oh-oh, it’s a passion
    Oh-oh, oh, oh, oh

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #87

    Bard

    @53

    Oh gawd, I hope you don’t have ‘serious completion’!

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  • phy

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #88

    Wow, from desperate to join to not taking calls in less than 30 minutes. That changed fast. Sounds like the bets of the ITK are properly hedged.

    On a side note: has anyone heard of this Norman character, think it’s someone we should be looking at and pursuing but not a whisper anywhere about it 🙂

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  • Darnik

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #89

    Glad to hear your getting sorted Tom

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  • Swablr

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #90

    Jeez Tom, that sounds grim. Glad that cloud’s got a silver lining. Take it easy.

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  • hibbit

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #91

    take care Tom, plenty fluids and plenty rest and you’ll soon pull round, stay strong,

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #92

    Patients is a virtue
    The Toon are gonna shock you
    Signings in from everywhere
    Ekitike and Botman
    No one’s gonna stop them
    Nicky Pope and then some mair

    Ooh, it’s a passion
    For Toon fans living everywhere
    Ooh, it’s a passion

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #93

    All the best Tom

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #94

    Oops,

    Patience!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #95

    West Ham looking to sign 6 new players this summer. I wonder how many first team players, we’ll sign?

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #96

    Tsunki wouldn’t make a mistake like that!

    😀

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #97

    Told you, we’ll all be singing it for days now…. 😆

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #98

    Bard, I noticed, but didn’t want to be picky 😀

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #99

    thats you sorted then tom, I could send my good wife down to nurse you shes a senior nurse but she would make your life hell but a good thing is id have peace from all this hard graft shes got me deein 🙂 chin up youning youd soon be right

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #100

    How about,

    Woke up this morning, feeling fine,
    Botman and Ekitike on my mind,
    Something going on in our neighbourhood, oh yeah,
    Something tells me we’re into something good.

    Something tells me we’re into something…… curtesy Herman’s Hermits circa early 60’s. 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #101

    Had to do something to remove Rhythm is a Dancer. 😆

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #102

    Gan on Tom.

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  • Darnik

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #103

    Bob
    Try an elvis song
    Moody blue, is it us they’re moving too

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  • Darnik

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #104

    To

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  • The Mighty Quinn

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #105

    Mund you missed an oh off at the end there. 🙂 .

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  • niafron

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #106

    Someone ( Mister Tuff?) asked french media spoke of NUFC.

    Well more now than never, but must confess the image of the club wasn’t good, so will be a long road.

    To give you an idea, here’s the “Loic Rémy song”, by the famous french humourist Julien Cazarre ( he’s a football fan and he made a lot of sketch about Football ):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnAg2TjUBmw

    Translation of my own:

    “I’m from Newcastle and my name is Rémy
    And i feel alone even during the locker’s room speech
    In my own head, there’s a lot of friends
    In the hyperspace, i’m the pichichi

    Come with me north of Sunderland
    There’s the weather of the Groenland coast
    The passing of Gouffran, the play of Allan Pardew
    Don’t touch the stool, i already have the rope around my neck

    Farewell Paul Gascoigne, Keegan and Magic Chris
    Moussa Sissoko play as number 10
    It’s a good springboard, it’s well known, Newcastle
    rub with black soap to better fall down

    I’m depressed, my name is Rémy
    can’t wait for Brazil, the sky is less grey there
    After that, i take the leave, well if i’m lucky
    They realease a hostage at each Mercato

    Here the french touch isn’t electro
    this is rubbish players for 10 millions euros
    Cabaye leaved for he is inadequate
    what is this habbit to make pass in the feet?

    I’m depressed and my name is Rémy
    And i feel alone even during the locker’s room speech
    In my own head, there’s a lot of friends
    In the hyperspace, i’m the pichichi”

    Well, in all fairness, Cazarre hit hard anybody, but as you can see, there’s some work to do…

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  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #107

    So we should have 3 new players in by next week. I can’t see Hope taking that long to sort out and won’t be anything like the Botman, Ekitike deals.

    Look forward to seeing the 3 announced and maybe a triple announcement

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #108

    Tom

    Thanks for the update Tom, get well soon Lad.

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #109

    TOM

    You seem to have been in the wars bonny lad. Keep smilin’.

    If you’ve any Warfarin spare, they might help thin the clot count on here!

    😉

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #110

    Or,

    “Black and White Satin” – Moody Blues.

    2
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #111

    Nice one Lesh. 😉

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  • Davas

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #112

    Phy

    Its all quiet on the Norman front. 🙂

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  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #113

    Good effort niafron 😎

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #114

    Mund, I see your Pope turned to Hope! Stands to reason, the way things have gone so far 😆

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  • Paul141726

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #115

    Little time here, so only read Neil’s update. Sorry if this repeats others thoughts. Seems like the agent is running this into the ground. If clubs like Real Madrid are interested, then SIGN FOR THEM!!! Go sit on their bench and collect your wages. We ONLY want those who want to be a part of something that will be the envy of other clubs. ( and very soon). We don’t need you!

    3
  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #116

    Niafron, humourist must have a different mean in France. 😮

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  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #117

    * meaning.

    More haste, less speed. 🙂

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #118
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #119

    Tell you what Niafron, that makes Newcastle sound really miserable and gloomy, and it’s the polar opposite!!

    The weather of the Greenland Coast ffs, we’re a lot bloody colder than that!! 😆

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #120

    Mund

    If the journos are just guessing, grasping at straws one must wonder why they don’t ask you to get the inside track, the truth.

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