Newcastle United have reportedly reached an agreement with Reims striker Hugo Ekitike over a summer move.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that Magpies have been leading the race for the highly-rated French striker for weeks, and a five-year deal has now been agreed.
The Magpies came close to signing Ekitike in January, but he eventually turned down a move to St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are now sorting out the final details, with the transfer fee expected to be around €30 million plus bonuses.
Ekitike enjoyed a breakout 2021/22 campaign in Ligue 1, netting ten goals and three assists in 24 appearances.
His impressive form saw him linked with several European giants, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund.
However, Newcastle have managed to win the race for the 19-year-old, who is also considered the future of the France national team.
The Magpies enjoyed a dramatic turnaround under Eddie Howe in the second half of the recently-concluded Premier League campaign, finishing 11th in the table.
Heading into the next season, Howe wants to add a prolific striker to the ranks since Chris Wood struggled to make an impact while Callum Wilson was hampered with injuries.
However, a transfer looks unlikely as the Uruguayan international prefers to play in the Champions League.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gabriel Jesus are other names monitored by the Magpies, but it is unclear whether they would sign another striker with Ekitike’s arrival imminent.
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