Hugo Ekitike 'delay' for Newcastle United

Newcastle United target Hugo Ekitike has suffered a hamstring injury on international duty.

Thursday, 9th June 2022, 6:56 pm

The 19-year-old – who scored 10 Ligue 1 goals for Stade de Reims last season – was forced off in France’s Under-20 fixture against Mexico today.

Ekitike is a summer target for Newcastle, and sports writer Fabrizio Romano has claimed that his agent was due on Tyneside this week after an “agreement” was reached with Reims, who will demand a fee of around £30million.

Romano tweeted: “His agent was expected in Newcastle on Monday after agreement reached with Reims, but he delayed. The deal could be even more delayed now after injury – Newcastle will also consider other options.”

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United tried and failed to sign Ekitike in January, and the club has returned for him. Howe wants competition for Callum Wilson and Chris Wood up front, as long-serving striker Dwight Gayle is set to leave the club this summer.

Hugo Ekitike celebrates after scoring a goal for Stade de Reims against Nice last season.