Newcastle United given green light to bid for in-demand forward

Newcastle United have been given the green light to return for Hugo Ekitike this summer.

Newcastle will again be in the market for reinforcements in the summer window, and Ekitike, valued in the £30million-bracket, is a likely target for head coach Eddie Howe.

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And Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot says Ekitike will be sold. Caillot told Europe 1: “In Hugo’s case, he would waste time staying with us. We refused an offer of €35million this winter, which is a lot of money for a club like ours. That money will be used to grow and improve the club. Hugo will be allowed to go – and he’s probably going to leave. There wasn’t a big club that didn’t inquire for him.”

Ekitike, hit by injuries and suspensions, has scored nine goals from 21 Ligue 1 games this season.

Reims forward Hugo Ekitike, right, celebrates after scoring against Bordeaux in October.