Newcastle United pull out of Hugo Ekitike deal

Newcastle United have pulled out of their bid to sign French starlet Hugo Ekitike from Stade Reims, 90min understands.

Newcastle had agreed a deal with Reims for the 20-year-old forward and personal terms with the player were also in place.

However, negotiations with the player’s agent – who wanted additional fees and payments proved to much to overcome and Newcastle have now walked away from the deal.

Newcastle remain interested in the player, but will not pursue other options – although if the agent has a change of heart, a deal could be resurrected, but as it stands he won’t be moving to St James’ Park.

We now understand that Ekitike’s agent is looking at other options and the team leading the chase is Paris Saint Germain.

Ekitike himself is a self confessed Kylian Mbappe fan and many in France have likened him to the PSG superstar.

Reims have told suitors that they will not be accepting less than the deal that was on the table from Newcastle which was worth a total of £30m.

Tune in to Thursday’s edition of the Talking Transfers podcast for more information on Newcastle’s decision to withdraw from the running.

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