More Premier League snubs for former Newcastle United target as PSG nightmare continues

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Newcastle United were snubbed by Hugo Ekitike before he joined Paris Saint-Germain in July 2022

Manchester United have become the latest Premier League club to reject Hugo Ekitike, according to reports.

NewcastleWorld revealed last week that Paris Saint-Germain had offered the Frenchman to West Ham United - a proposal the London outfit rejected. Ekitike is desperate for a move from the Ligue 1 giants after being frozen out by Luis Enrique.

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The 21-year-old has started just one Ligue 1 game all season despite PSG offloading Lionel Messi and Neymar last summer. Newcastle United are hardly rueing their failed approaches to sign Ekitike as he has barely kicked a ball in the French capital.

Two years ago, the Magpies agreed a deadline-day deal for the striker following his impressive first half of the season at Reims. Ektike had enjoyed a breakout campaign and a £25million fee was accepted.

However, the youngster got cold feet at the final hurdle and stayed with his hometown club. Newcastle failed with another approach six months later once Premier League survival was secured but that, too, fell on deaf ears.

Reims again agreed a fee but Ekitike dithered over a Tyneside move and ultimately joined PSG. Many Toon supporters felt his agent, Karl Mwalako Buchmann, was using Newcastle as bait with full intention of joining the Parisians.

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The move to PSG has failed and Ekitike, who once drew comparisons to Thierry Henry, is now at a crossroads. From Newcastle’s perspective, the snub proved a blessing in disguise as they swooped for Alexander Isak a month later.

A report from teamTALK has now claimed Man United have dismissed the chance to sign him this month. The Red Devils need a striker as Rasmus Hojlund remains their only fit out-and-out option.

Pressure is beginning to mount on the Dane after scoring just two Premier League goals all season. Erik ten Hag and supporters view Hojlund as a long-term solution and, while another striker would ease the goalscoring burden, they are not thought to be keen on Ekitike.

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