Wolves appear unlikely to sign Hugo Ekitike this summer, with the player reportedly ‘close’ to joining Newcastle United.
90min have reported the talented French youngster is set to join the St. James’ Park outfit, having turned them down in January.
Ekitike was targeted in the last window as Newcastle sought to bolster their attacking options amid their struggles in the Premier League.
He didn’t want to move mid-season, and remained with Reims.
But it appears Newcastle are in pole position to land the 19-year-old.
90min say that there is a deal worth around £30 million in the pipeline. And it could be that Newcastle get him on loan first, with an obligation to buy to guarantee Reims the money.
Yesterday, The Telegraph reported that Wolves were one of several teams keen on Ekitike.
They claimed that Bruno Lage has been given the green light to bring in a new striker following more woes infront of goal this term.
Goncalo Guedes is supposedly the priority. But Wolves are said to have scouted Ekitike.
He is on their list of targets, but the club face huge competition to get him.
And it appears Wolves may have already lost out.
A shame for Wolves as Hugo Ekitike nears Newcastle switch, but Wanderers needs experience
Ekitike is a player with a huge ceiling, so it would be a shame for Wolves to miss out.
But that said, right now Wolves need to bring in a striker with a bit more experience.
Wanderers already have someone in the ‘young striker with high potential’ mould in Fabio Silva.
And then there is Raul Jimenez, who is 30 years old.
Ideally, the club will move to bring someone in who is between the ages of Silva and Jimenez.
Guedes is said to be the priority for Wolves this summer, and rightly so.