Newscastle to miss out as PSG close in on signing Hugo Ekitike from Reims

Newcastle suffer transfer blow as Hugo Ekitike closes in on a move to PSG after £25.5m fee is agreed with Reims and the young striker gets set to sign a five-year contract

  • Hugo Ekitike is joining PSG after a fee has reportedly been agreed with Reims
  • The striker is believed to have already agreed to sign a five-year contract
  • Newcastle were very interested in adding the 20-year-old to their squad
  • Ekitike was the top-scoring teenager in Europe’s top five leagues last season 

Hugo Ekitike is closing in on a move to PSG after the French giants agreed a fee with Reims for the striker, who was a top target for Newcastle.

The Magpies chased the signature of the 20-year-old throughout January but were unsuccessful in their pursuit, leading them to signing Burnley striker Chris Wood.

Manager Eddie Howe will now be disappointed to find out that the striker is close to sealing a move to PSG.

Eddie Howe wanted to sign Hugo Ekitike for his Newcastle squad

Reims star Ekitike is closing in on a move to PSG despite heavy interest from Newcastle

Hugo Ekitike (right)  is close to joining PSG despite interest from Newcastle’s Eddie Howe (left)

Ekitike was the highest scoring teenager in Europe’s top five leagues last season

Newcastle had remained interested in signing the young striker but a deal collapsed last month.

The French giants have agreed a £25.5million fee for the France Under-20 international.

The deal is still yet to be completed as the clubs need to agree on whether the fee will be paid in one large sum or in instalments.

There are no qualms over Ekitike’s contract, which is said to be agreed, with the player ready to sign a five-year deal with PSG. 

Callum Wilson endured an injury hit season during the 2021-2022 campaign

Chris Wood joined Newcastle in Januay after leaving Burnley

Newcastle only have Callum Wilson (left) and Chris Wood (right) as first-team strikers 

Ekitike flourished last season for Reims in Ligue 1, as he scored 10 goals in 24 appearances, outscoring every teenager in Europe’s top five leagues.

Newcastle will have to find another attacker to bolster their frontline and compete with Wood and Callum Wilson.

Dwight Gale is still a Magpie but he could be on the way out of the club this summer, with multiple Championship sides interested in his signature.


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