Writing for i news, Mark Douglas has revealed that Newcastle ‘expect to sign three more senior players’ if and when Hugo Ekitike completes a move from Reims.
He reports that the French forward has agreed personal terms with the club and, barring any late hitches, looks set to sign for an initial up front fee of £15m (plus add-ons), suggesting we’ll pay considerably less than some outlets are reporting for the highly-rated 19-year-old.
As for others who could arrive, Douglas reports that we remain in talks to sign Lille’s Sven Botman and have identified Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby as a ‘priority target’, believing a centre-back and winger could follow Ektike.
Interestingly, the i reveal that we have presented a ‘detailed plan’ to Ekitike’s advisors regarding his progression at the club – something that may have helped us beat Borussia Dortmund to a deal and convince the teenager to make the move he was reluctant to commit to in January.
So, Ekitike seems close and the club expect three more senior signings to follow after that, but the report claims that further additions will depend on outgoings, highlighting how important it could be for us to move on deadwood and fringe men over the coming months.
Elsewhere, the same piece reports that Everton are standing firm on Dominic Calvert-Lewin following interest from Newcastle United and will demand a huge fee for the England international.