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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

  • niafron

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #121

    Well lads, believe me, being a NUFC fan in France isn’t easy… always got to fight against cliché…

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #122

    Cleveleys

    There’s no mistake, you’ve got your creative head on today.

    They’ll be asking you to write the UK’s next Eurovision entry.

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #123

    Niafron, things are about to change Bonny lad, buckle up and enjoy the ride. 🙂

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #124

    Lesh, problem is I’ll be back to turnip head tomorrow!! 😉

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #125

    Cleveleys

    Real talent never goes away.

    0
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #126

    Eeee!
    Them Norman’s have got a Gaul!

    😀

    4
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #127

    We’ll I’ve spent nearly all afternoon on here, better go do some food prep or we’ll starve in the Cleveleys household tonight.

    Not recommended as I’ll likely get slapped by one of Bills kippers if there’s nowt on the table for ‘er indoors. 😉

    Laters.

    4
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #128

    If Pope signs we’ll the full set…

    God (Bruno)…

    We’d be blessed for sure.

    3
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #129

    Good lad cbob!
    Build something nice for her.

    1
  • Davas

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #130

    Clint
    They’ve got Wisdom though 🙂

    1
  • The Mighty Quinn

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #131

    Bills it would have been even better if we’d signed Jesus.

    4
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #132

    Dav

    Aye nate

    0
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #133

    *Mate

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #134

    Quinny

    Nice!
    Quick!
    😀

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #135

    We probably could do with a Mohammed, too.
    😀

    1
  • captainmarvel

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #137

    Best wishes Tom. I hope you feel relieved after that scare. I also hope you will feel a lot better soon..

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  • Davas

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #138

    What is it with West Ham fans. In an article I read yesterday it said he was advised by another player to pick them over us but there is absolutely no mention of us in the players quotes. Just more bs.

    4
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #139

    Tom

    Ya alreet mate?
    You out of hospital?
    Feeling any better?

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #140

    Davas

    Bothered, or what?

    I guess they see us as most likely to usurp their one decentish season in one million years, and feeling the pressure to stay top, whatever they ended up?
    They finished pretty crap, didn’t they?

    3
  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #141

    Afternoon all. On Pope its a no brainer. he survived in a bad Burnley squad. I think give him some better quality just in front of him and he will shine. Wild idea do you think we could just give them Wood back as a trade 🙂

    2
  • phy

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #142

    Davas,

    Sums it up perfectly, so little being said about Botman that my phone default to Norman. 😉

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #143

    Niafron; you say cliché, I say la méconnaissance.

    1
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #144

    Chron reporting
    Hugo Ekitike prepared to cut holiday short to secure Newcastle move as staff wait for green light

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  • jezza442

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #145

    I don’t check on other fans blogs,if anyone has a heads up on what West ham or any other fans think of these stories, I’d be interested to know.
    Their blogs are probably just like this one,bombarded with B/S reports by wannabe journalists, and their fans are probably just as sick of the rubbish they churn out everyday,
    Since when have West ham been after Ekitke and Botman for Bruno sake

    5
  • niafron

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #146

    @Novocastrian66

    Yes, sure.

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #147

    So Lesh wants to poison fellow posters with Warfarin (also used as rat poison).

    Disgraceful comments .

    20
  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #148

    in fairness to Wet Spam we are a real threat to them i can see why their fans would be getting their knickers in a twist. they have been knocking on the door of CL and been in Europe the last few seasons. they don’t need the competition

    1
  • niafron

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #149

    On the french side about Ekitiké: the Real and the Bayern could have some interest for the player…

    0
  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #150

    The Athletic UK
    @TheAthleticUK
    Newcastle United have agreed a fee in principle for Nick Pope with Burnley, The Athletic understands. #NUFC

    2
  • niafron

    Jun 21, 2022 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #151

    According to l’Equipe.

    0
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #152

    Maybe we’re gonna nick pope from west ham, too?

    Tino
    But we’d probably have to take another burnley player to make up the short fall, if we swapped Wood?
    😀

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #153

    Pope to under go a medical then sign next week…

    Will we have a triple announcement…?

    1
  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #154

    Tuff

    It looks as though I’ve mis-spelled the treatment TOM was prescribed.

    You should know better than to have suggested I was suggesting rat poison but, no surprise – that’s your natural nasty side coming out.

    3
  • Darnik

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #155

    Clint
    West ham fans say we’re obsessed ycmiu, most of the players mentioned have been our targets for ages only the Moroccan fella that wasn’t and I don’t even believe we were in for him, Ekitike and Botman I don’t recall any stories dating back to January about them and West ham, typical English media making stories of nothing and them muppets believing them imo

    4
  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #156

    Clint I think the wood money is already written off . Was the price of survival 🙂 Pope will be going all out for the World Cup too after Ramsdales horror show against Hungary

    3
  • Samantha Gardner

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #157

    I’m thinking if Ekitike, Botman and Pope are signed we will get one more for the first team and two more youngsters for the academy

    2
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #158

    Darnik

    Yes mate, the press just trying to build some hate between fans. Pretty ugly, hey?
    I reckon you and jezza are on the money there, Like.

    2
  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #159

    And we need back up/ competition. Has Dubs ever made it through a full season un injured?

    1
  • Assassins Inc

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #160

    Remember Jan Window, linked with everyone.

    Then Howe and the gang slipped in five players, none we were really linked with to be honest.

    The only ones that know what’s going on are the people behind the doors at Newcastle. Ignore all these idiot Journo’s out on there fishing trips.

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