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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

  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #161

    Tuff

    If I did mis-spell Warfarin it’s the same spelling TOM used…..

    “…..they have put me on Warfarin to thin my blood to get rid of the clot….”.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #162

    Tino

    Totally.

    Slow day in press world, no doubt.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #163

    Just popped back to say “bollocks”.

    We’ve been told by a number of sources “he wants to play”

    Why would he go to Bayern or Real to sit on the bench (assuming he got on the bench).

    Back to cooking. 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #164

    Lesh – you raised the subject not me. You should apologise to the blog and your intended victims. Disgraceful behaviour.

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  • Davas

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #165

    Phy
    Yeah that happened to me a couple of weeks ago. 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #166

    Warfarin is used to thin the blood but it is also used to kill rats. Disgraceful posting.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #167

    Lesh – were you in Salisbury in March 2018.

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #168

    they are all still hung over from Ascot Clint….or about to go on their holidays themselves the press that is

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #169

    we should start a sweep how many Toon players will be at the World Cup? i reckon 8

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #170

    I can see the future headline soubriquet – with others.

    The Moors Murderer

    The Hillside Strangler

    The Green River Strangler

    Jack the Ripper

    The Toon Blog Poisoner.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #171

    If we sign Pope for £8M-£10M that could turn out to be one of THE buys of the Prem window.

    England squad player, top 5 in sweeper distribution in Europe and still in his prime at 30.

    Absolute bargain.

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #172

    Tuff

    I’ve come across some mischief makers in my time but you rank among the biggest of them all. You’re a nasty piece of work.

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