Newcastle transfer ‘on track’ as they agree deal to sign Ligue 1 striker for £39m

Joe Williams
Newcastle target Hugo Ekitike celebrates with supporters

Premier League side Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign Reims striker Hugo Ekitike this summer, according to reports in France.

The 19-year-old has contributed ten goals and three assists in Ligue 1 this season with the Frenchman making 24 appearances, 15 of which were starts.

Ekitike was linked heavily with a move to the Geordies in January with Manchester United and Arsenal also recently linked with his services.

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The striker, who has been capped for the France under-20 side, has a contract at Reims that runs until the summer of 2024.

After a brilliant season for the French side he is now on his way to the Premier League with Newcastle as Foot Mercato claims that a deal has been agreed between the two clubs for €36m plus €10m in ‘easily attainable’ bonuses, which adds up to about £39m in total.

The transfer is now ‘on track’ but there are still a ‘few small details’ to sort out before an announcement can be made with the striker poised to ‘quickly pack his bags’ for England.

Newcastle have also been linked with a £35m deal for Atletico Madrid full-back Renan Lodi and former Premier League right-back Alan Hutton thinks it’s bad news for Matt Targett, who spent last season on loan at St James’ Park.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It doesn’t look good for Matt Targett moving forward, if he was eyeing an opportunity to go there full term.

“If you get Lodi from Atletico Madrid, you’d probably look at Targett as being a backup. That’s no disrespect to him, it’s just that Lodi’s been there, seen it, done it and played at a high level.

“It could be a mistake, only time will tell. I do feel for Matt Targett because it’s been difficult being moved on from Villa. He has done well at Newcastle and has been Mr Consistent.

“The thing for Newcastle moving forward is where do they see themselves moving forward in the future? Do they see themselves trying to break into that top four? If that’s the case, then they need to go for a standard of player that can reach that Champions League level.”