Romano confirms Newcastle have ‘no intention’ of continuing pursuit of top attacking target

Date published: Tuesday 28th June 2022 11:38 - Jason Soutar

Newcastle target Hugo Ekitike celebrates his goal

Newcastle United’s deal to sign Stade Reims striker Hugo Ekitike is “off” despite a fee and personal terms being agreed, as per Fabrizio Romano.

It was reported last week that the Magpies had pulled the plug on a deal, however, various reports then suggested that this was not the case.

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What was clear, was that the club were eyeing up alternatives to the young Frenchman, such as Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Chelsea’s Armando Broja.

Newcastle have agreed a fee with Reims – believed to be in the region of £30m – as well as personal terms with Ekitike, however, the player’s agent has thwarted the club’s attempts to complete a deal.

And now renowned transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the Geordies’ pursuit of the 20-year-old is officially “off”.

He wrote on Twitter: “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.

“PSG are interested in Ekitike. Luis Campos, big fan – but still no bid. It also depends on the outgoings.”

Newcastle initially sparked an interest in Ekitike back in January, but Reims were not willing to sell the player in the middle of the season.

One long-term target the Premier League club are poised to get through the door is Lille centre-half Sven Botman.

The Dutchman posted his goodbye to the Lille fans on Monday evening, with a transfer to St James’ Park worth around £31m expected to be announced this week.

Botman wrote on Instagram: “Really grateful that I’ve worn the LOSC badge for two years, it has been an incredible journey with two big trophies and memories I will never forget.

“Merci LOSC pour tous! [Thank you LOSC for everything].”

The 22-year-old has reportedly signed a five-year contract and successfully completed his Magpies medical on Monday.

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