According to Mark Douglas, Newcastle could make a summer move for Nice striker Amine Gouiri if they continue to be messed about by Hugo Ekitike’s agent.
The club are still believed to be in talks with Ekitike’s representatives, however Douglas’ latest piece for iNews reveals that alternatives are now being sourced by our recruitment team.
One potential ‘plan B’ appears to be Gouiri – a 22-year-old forward who bagged 12 goals and 10 assists in all competitions for Nice last season.
Douglas reports that the former Lyon striker – who can play out wide or up top – has been watched closely by Toon scouts and fits the ‘age profile’ identified by the club.
Gouiri also boasts an impressive record at international level, bagging an incredible 46 goals in 64 appearances in France’s youth set up; where he has represented his country at every age group from U16 to U21.
The same report states that Chelsea’s Armando Broja is another player on our radar should we walk away from Ekitike, although it’s said intense interest from West Ham could ‘complicate matters’ on that front.