Newcastle have moved on from Hugo Ekitike according to multiple reports. Unless his agent reaches out while lessening his ‘ridiculous’ demands, there appears to be little chance the 20-year-old Frenchman will become a Magpie.
Fabrizio Romano tweeted the following earlier this morning. He, along with other outlets, continues to claim that PSG is interested in the young striker.
Hugo Ekitike deal. No changes for Newcastle, no intention to proceed at current conditions on player side after fee agreed weeks ago. Deal off, as things stand. ???? #NUFC
PSG are interested in Ekitike. Luís Campos, big fan – but still no bid. It also depends on the outgoings. https://t.co/BqsZOd8rpf
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 28, 2022
However, a report in Le Parisien stands in stark contrast to most outlets. They claim Reims have leaked the interest of PSG in order to drive up the price of their prized forward.
The report claims Ekitike is not on PSG’s list of targets. However, Newcastle-linked Gianluca Scamacca of Sassuolo is on that list. This could be an interesting development in this saga.
A recent claim that Real Madrid was hoping to add Ekitike to their growing French contingent was quickly shot down. Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest but only if Robert Lewandowski is sold.
A potential disaster for Reims and Ekitike could arise if these clubs don’t come knocking this summer and Newcastle land another target. His agent has taken a gamble which could end up as an own goal if the 20-year-old doesn’t get a prominent move.
For many Newcastle fans, the bridge may have been burned. This report claims Ekitike doesn’t want to join Newcastle, which is ultimately his decision. Eddie Howe and company only want players who are pining to come to St. James’ Park.
Though, we can’t always trust what is reported. Sven Botman’s imminent confirmation is proof of that. If Ekitike’s move can be mended, many will welcome him with open arms. For now, it is best to get behind other targets.