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Newcastle United: Journalist makes claim on summer target

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Journalist Dean Jones has told This Is Futbol that Hugo Ekitike will be disappointed that his summer move to Newcastle United has fallen through.

There were reports back in January stating that Hugo Ekitike was close to signing for Premier League side Newcastle United, but the French forward had second thoughts on transfer deadline day. The proceedings continued to this summer, and a deal was reportedly agreed upon, but Ekitike’s agent’s demands were the stumbling block and the deal looks like it has fallen through.

Ekitike missed large chunks of last season, but he still ended the season with an impressive 10 goals in 24 Ligue 1 appearances, and just 14 of those games came from the start.

With the signing of Ekitike at Newcastle looking like it has fallen through, Jones spoke to This Is Futbol and claimed that he will be really disappointed, with the deal breaking down due to greed.

He said: “I think the player’s reasonably disappointed, to be honest. I mean, he was on course to be playing Premier League football, he was going to be earning at least three times more than he was before and he had a great project to be part of.

“And it’s sad, really, that that’s going to fall apart just because, well, for greed and nothing more than that, really.”

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TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…

Newcastle are on the hunt for a striker after their top scorer was Callum Wilson last campaign, who netted just eight times having only featured just on three occasions this calendar year. Eddie Howe may have thought he had completed the signing of a sought-after striker, but this wasn’t to be the case and the hunt goes on.

Ekitike could have been a great signing for Newcastle judging by his goalscoring form last season, and with him being just 20 years old, he could have been part of the long-term future at the club.

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