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Newcastle continue talks for £30m Ekitike

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Newcastle United continue talks with Stade Reims for French U20 striker Hugo Ekitike with an asking price thought to be in the region of £30million.

Ekitike has scored eight goals in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season and is on the radar of a number of Premier League teams, with Newcastle the only club to have opened official talks with the the 19-year-old.

He has undoubtedly been one of the breakout stars in France’s top flight so far this season, with his emergence coming just a matter of months after he was given his first professional start for Stade Reims.

Newcastle’s first “informal offer” is understood to fall slightly short of what Reims want for the player. It’s thought Reims’ asking price is in the region of £30million.

Eddie Howe is desperate for goals as his side fight for Premier League survival and with the injury to Callum Wilson the Magpies need to find a replacement for their striker as soon as possible. The English number nine is set to miss eight weeks after the calf injury suffered last time out against Manchester United.

Despite their defensive woes, having shipped 42 goals in the first half of the season, the club need a figurehead to lead the line and score some important goals between now and the end of the season.

The Magpies currently sit 2 points adrift of safety in 19th place and seem to be struggling with recruitment during the January window as a result.

Sky Sports News understand French forward Ekitike could be the latest high-profile player to arrive at St James’ Park, as Newcastle have reportedly held “positive talks” with Reims.

The 19-year-old has earned plaudits for his creativity and can play on the left, as well as up the middle. His excellent movement and finishing prowess has got the world of football paying attention to the young talent who could become a key part of Newcastle’s survival if he makes the move to Tyneside.

It’s a lot of pressure to put on a 19-year-old with no Premier League experience and very little knowledge of the European game. There’s no doubt of his ability and his potential to become a household name in the future but Newcaslte also need an instant fix to their problem, meaning they may look elsewhere to help the club with their ongoing relegation battle.

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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.

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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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Transfer News: Newcastle Sign Everton Winger Anthony Gordon In 45m Deal

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Newcastle United have agreed to sign Everton winger Anthony Gordon for an initial fee of £40,000,000, which could rise to £45,000,000 with add-ons

Sky Sports understands that personal terms between Newcastle United and Gordan’s representatives are still ongoing, but both parties are confident of reaching an agreement.

The Magpies’ were interested in bringing Gordon to St James’ Park in the summer. However, both clubs were far apart on valuations for the player.

The 21-year-old has failed to attend training at Finch Farm for the last three days after making it clear he wants to move away from Goodison Park.

Chelsea were interested in bringing Gordon to Stamford Bridge in the summer and were willing to pay up to £60,000,000 for the wide-man’s services. However, Everton were reluctant to let their talisman leave before the start of the 2022/2023 Premier League season.

Gordon has scored just 3 goals in 16 Premier League appearances (12 starts) this season for the struggling Toffees, who currently sit second bottom of the table.

That said, the former Preston North End loanee had his best campaign last season, playing a major part in Everton’s Premier League survival.

The Everton academy graduate had 6 goal involvements in 35 Premier League games (25 starts) last season, which was the first season he had a consistent run of games.

It’s clear that Gordon has a significant amount of potential, and with Eddie Howe at the helm, Newcastle could be getting a very exciting player.

We have seen an unbelievable transformation in many players’ performances since Eddie Howe took charge in November 2021, with the most obvious transformation being Joelinton’s positional change.

The Liverpool-born winger can play in several forward positions, which is the type of player Eddie Howe has been keen to add during the January window, especially after Chris Wood’s loan departure to Nottingham Forest.

Joelinton is currently being deployed as a left-winger, with Allan Saint-Maximin in the process of regaining match fitness.

The addition of Gordon could see Joelinton be moved back to his preferred position as a box-to-box midfielder. This would see one of Sean Longstaff or Joe Willock drop out of the eleven, with Bruno Guimarães making that number 6 role untouchable.

Four days remain of the January transfer window, and it is yet to be seen if Anthony Gordon is the only player The Toon are adding to their ranks.

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Gary Lineker shocked as ‘adult noices played on BBC Live on air!

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Viewers on Tuesday night prior to the FA cup football games were left shocked and confused as noises of an adult nature were played in the BBC studio – Live on air!

 

Gary Lineker reacted fast to try to address and cover up the noise before going live to Alan Shearer.

 

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