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‘Number one target’ – Newcastle in ‘pole position’ to sign £25m striker

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According to reports, Newcastle United’s ‘number one forward target’ this summer is Hugo Ekitike and they are in ‘pole position’ to sign him from Reims.

The Magpies were heavily linked with the Frenchman during the winter transfer window. 

Newcastle did not end up agreeing a deal with Reims. But they were able to sign Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Dan Burn and Matt Targett in January.

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Ekitike has been a regular for Reims in Ligue 1 this season. He has missed several games due to injury but he has still played 24 times across all competitions.

The 19-year-old has grabbed ten goals and three assists for Reims across all competitions.

Football Insider are now reporting that Newcastle remain interested in Ekitike as he is their ‘number one forward target’.

They state that the Magpies are in ‘pole position’ to sign the young attacker. It is stated that Ekitike would cost around £25m this summer.

Elsewhere, Newcastle have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Lille centre-half Sven Botman as he is reportedly “really close” to joining AC Milan.

The Magpies were heavily linked with the Netherlands Under-21 international throughout the January transfer window.

AC Milan were also linked and it is widely believed that the two teams are going toe-to-toe in pursuit of the 22-year-old defender.

After failing to sign number one defensive target Botman in the winter transfer window, Newcastle turned their attention to Sevilla’s Diego Carlos, but talks also broke down over signing the Brazilian.

They eventually signed a central defender on deadline day, bringing in Dan Burn from Brighton for £13.5m.

A report last month claimed that the Geordies are in ‘pole position’ to sign Botman, despite the young centre-half agreeing personal terms with Milan.

And now renowned transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that the Serie A leaders are “really close” to completing the signing of Botman.

He wrote on Twitter: “AC Milan are really close to complete Sven Botman deal as first signing for the next season, work in progress. Talks are advanced as planned for months.

“AC Milan are working to reach full agreement with Lille soon – Botman is ready to accept their proposal.”

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