The Hugo Ekitike saga has dragged on almost six months now, leaving many to wonder if the highly-rated 20-year-old will ever sign at St James’ Park.
Conflicting claims emerged yesterday. The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder reported that the move was edging ever closer, while The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards claimed the deal was continuing to stall, however an interesting interaction has since emerged on social media.
Late last night, Reims supporter Willy Carpaye released a short video and series of tweets after bumping into the Frenchman during a music festival in the city on Tuesday.
Not only did this confirm that the striker is back from his holiday – the player’s latest Instagram posts also highlight this – it included Ekitike’s reaction to the Newcastle United links.
Here’s what Reims fan Willy said on Twitter after the forward stopped for a photo and brief chat:
“Hugo is fine. I assure you! No injury! So he is OK to score even more next season.
“But where? I asked the question if he would go to Newcastle. He smiled at me!”
Willy also posted the following video, along with the caption “Congratulations on your season at the Stade de Reims! I wish you all the best for you and your family. May God preserve you from any injury! And good continuation in your career.”