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Don’t forget that just after revealing Newcastle’s interest in Ekitike in January, a good source confirmed a €31m (£26m) deal was in place at the start of June and the hope is that the player will finalise his move to St James’ Park this week.
And another Sources have made it clear that only a few ‘minor’ details need to be addressed before Ekitike can put pen to paper on a long-term contract which will be at least five years in length.
The talented 19-year-old’s move was delayed while he took part in the Toulon Tournament and although he picked up a slight hamstring niggle.
Surely, it will not have any impact on Newcastle completing the transfer – one that has been described to 90min as Financial Fair Play friendly as the club anticipate spending well in excess of £100m this summer.
Its clear that Eddie Howe recognised Ekitike’s talent before January and the club believe they are signing of one of Europe’s best young prospects – indeed no teenager scored more than him in Europe’s top five leagues last season.
However, the Newcastle United side are of course still on the trail of Dutch defender Sven Botman, but Serie A champions AC Milan are refusing to allow them complete the deal because of some reasons only known to the Football Club.