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European Giants Enter Ekitike Race

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Seemingly bored of the Hugo Ekitike links to Newcastle, journalists are now linking the French wunderkind with several other clubs … but they’re forgetting one important thing.

French outlet L’Equipe (via CaughtOffside) are now claiming that along with Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain, there’s now interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

The deal between Reims and Newcastle has been in place for weeks now, but it seems like it’s Ekitike’s agent who is dragging his heels and doing usual agent-y things. The latest online chatter even suggests that the player himself has agreed terms with Newcastle and is keen to sign, but the agent fees are what is holding up the deal.

One key demand Ekitike has made of Newcastle is plenty of game time. He’s not looking to come to a new club to be kept on the sidelines to “grow”, he feels he is ready for first team action and that’s what he wants. You have to admire that confidence.

It is that detail that casts doubt on the other three destinations as it seems unlikely that a 19-year-old is just going to walk straight into the starting eleven of those European clubs. It’s with this in mind that suggests that Newcastle remains in pole position.

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