Newcastle United still have issues to be “ironed out” in relation to their swoop for Hugo Ekitike.
That’s according to Newcastle World journalist Jordan Cronin, who has been speaking following claims from transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who revealed that the Magpies have an agreement in place with Reims and the striker’s agent is now in talks with the St. James’ Park outfit.
Newcastle had a £33m bid accepted by the Ligue 1 outfit back in January, however, the 19-year-old was wary of moving mid-season and it was revealed that he would reassess his options come the end of the campaign.
However, despite the breakthrough, Cronin has raised some concern.
He said: “It is my understanding that the player does want to come, but those agent fees do have to be ironed out, but it’s an exciting signing for Newcastle if they can get it done.”
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It would well appear that there is still a bit to go in this deal yet, as Cronin’s comments come off the back of those made by Luke Edwards of The Telegraph surrounding the uncertainty of a transfer, but it would be a huge coup for the north-east club if they can get it over the line.
No other teenage striker scored more goals than Ekitike did in Europe’s top five leagues this season with 10, and it is no wonder he is garnering interest from Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.
Statman Dave, often heard on the BBC and featured on Sky Sports said that only Kylian Mbappe (1.25) registered more non-penalty direct goal involvements than Ekitike (0.85) in the most recent Ligue 1 campaign and stated that Eddie Howe would be bringing a “big talent” to Tyneside, so for their supporters’ sake, hopefully, Newcastle can get the fine print “ironed out”.