As reported by Chronicle Live, Newcastle target Hugo Ekitike wants to be assured of his immediate place on the pitch, rather than as a player “for tomorrow”, before deciding on a move to Tyneside.
After speaking to a ‘source close’ to the player, Lee Ryder reveals that talks look set to intensify this week, with the Reims forward eager to know exactly how he’d fit into our short and long-term plans.
Discussions over a possible switch have been ongoing for some time, however it’s believed an agreement – worth around £26million – is now in place for the man who has just turned 20 today.
Ahead of talks, not only does he appear to want assurances over his game time, The Chronicle report that Ekitike wants to know if he’ll be used in his preferred role – as a striker – before committing to a move.
With Howe preferring to play with just one striker and with Callum Wilson being our leading man, the 44-year-old head coach will either have to alter his style or come to an arrangement between the two over playing time.
Should Wilson’s injuries continue, it will be useful to have Ekitike ready to fill his position, but it is unlikely that the Frenchman will be willing to play a backup role after having a taste of first-team football last season.
With Borussia Dortmund and PSG also linked with the France U20 star, let’s hope Newcastle act quickly and hold positive talks with the forward this week.