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Newcastle Race To Complete Deal For Striker Hugo Ekitike After Bid Accepted By Reims

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Newcastle Race To Complete Deal For Striker Hugo Ekitike After Bid Accepted By Reims

Newcastle have had a bid accepted for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike and are now racing to complete the deal before the transfer window closes.

According to Sky Sports News, Newcastle have made a successful bid for the 19-year-old, who has scored eight goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season.

Reims are said to have accepted an offer of around £25m for the striker, which could rise to £33m.

Newcastle are now hoping to complete the deal for the France U20 international before the window closes in England at 11pm (GMT) on Monday.

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Newcastle are set to be one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League on deadline day, with the Magpies also expected to sign Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett on loan.

Eddie Howe is keen to sign defensive reinforcements this month and has turned his attention to Targett, who has fallen out of favour at Villa following the arrival of Lucas Digne from Everton.

Meanwhile, Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard is also pushing for a move to St James’ Park.

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Newcastle are also in talks to sign Matt Targett on loan from Aston Villa (Image: Alamy)
Newcastle are also in talks to sign Matt Targett on loan from Aston Villa (Image: Alamy)

Lingard has struggled for first-team opportunities this season, playing just 88 minutes in the Premier League.

According to 90min, Lingard has already agreed personal terms over a move to Newcastle.

Lingard is out of contract at the end of the season and could be allowed to join Newcastle on an initial loan deal, which would become permanent in the summer.

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Newcastle were also linked with Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah but the 22-year-old now looks set to remain at the Emirates.

Newcastle have already made three major signings in January, with Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes joining this month.

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Jesse Lingard is reportedly pushing for a move to St James' Park (Image: Alamy)
Jesse Lingard is reportedly pushing for a move to St James' Park (Image: Alamy)
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Guimaraes joined Newcastle from Lyon on Sunday in a deal thought to be worth up to £41.5m.

Guimaraes had also been linked with Arsenal this month and the Brazil international took a cheeky stab at the Gunners after his move to Newcastle was confirmed.

He posted video to Twitter on Sunday which showed several newspaper headlines linking him with a move to the Emirates, before he is shown in a Newcastle shirt standing outside St James’ Park.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Newcastle United, Transfers, Football, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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