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Concern for Newcastle as European giants set sights on Hugo Ekitike

Concern for Newcastle as European giants set sights on Hugo Ekitike

Premier League outfit Newcastle United have, on Sunday, seen the club’s pursuit of Stade de Reims starlet Hugo Ekitike dealt a potentially significant blow.

The name of attacking sensation Ekitike has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines on Tyneside for some time now.

This comes with the 20-year-old, after coming close to making the move to Tyneside during the January transfer window, having been widely tipped as being on the verge of linking up with Eddie Howe’s squad once more over the course of the last couple of weeks.

In fact, several sources went as far as to suggest that a deal was as good as done, owing to an agreement being struck between the respective transfer teams at Newcastle and Reims.

And yet, to this point, official confirmation of as much has not arrived.

Why? The continued efforts of Ekitike’s agents to drag out negotiations, in the hope of one of European football’s heavyweights entering the fray for the Frenchman’s services.

In turn, it will no doubt come as a concern to all associated with Newcastle to hear of word surfacing on Sunday that one such giant of the game is indeed beginning to express an interest in his signature.

The outfit in question? Bayern Munich.

As per journalist Manuel Veth, Ekitike has been placed ‘high’ upon the wishlist of the Bundesliga champions with a view to next season.

This comes with the gifted young attacker viewed as a long-term replacement-of-sorts for Robert Lewandowski, expected to take his talents to Spain with Barcelona this summer.

It now remains to be seen whether Bayern, in the end, opt to move ahead with a big-money swoop for Ekitike, in the process throwing a spanner in the works of the rebuilding project at St. James’ Park.

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