This week could be a critical week as Newcastle zero in on both Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike. The pursuits of the duo have seen their fair share of twists and turns over the past six months.
There is a promising update this morning on Hugo Ekitike coming from Lee Ryder in The Chronicle. He is reporting that the striker, who turned 20 yesterday, is willing to cut his holiday short to push through a move to Newcastle.
Talks between Dan Ashworth and the player’s agent Karl Mwalako Buchmann have continued over the past few days. Ashworth is pushing to get the Frenchman to Tyneside for face-to-face talks.
As Ryder reported last week, Ekitike is seeking assurances that he will play a significant role in Eddie Howe’s first team this season. He does not want to be pegged as one for the future while riding the bench.
Newcastle have put staff on standby for a medical in the coming days in the hopes an agreement can be reached. There are still some details that need to be sorted including the dreaded agent fees.
There have been claims that his representatives were shopping him around Europe with Dortmund and PSG interested. Dortmund are looking to replace Erling Haaland who has signed for Manchester City.
The Bundesliga club have already signed the talented 20-year-old Karim Adeyemi from Salzburg. They have now set their sights on former West Ham striker Sebastien Haller. This could signal that Ekitike is no longer a target.
Ajax have rejected Dortmund’s initial bid of £28m. Fabrizio Romano is reporting they remain very confident a deal will be reached soon.
Borussia Dortmund are confident on Sebastien Haller deal. No issue on personal terms with French striker, while talks are in progress with Ajax about final fee and add-ons. ??? #BVB
Opening bid for €33m was not enough but Borussia Dortmund are on it.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 21, 2022
It’s looking very promising that Ekitike will finally end up at St. James’ Park. However, until he arrives for his medical, I’ll not get my hopes up too high.