Newcastle United ‘consider’ £8.5m deal for French forward as Hugo Ekitike transfer stalls

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Newcastle United have been linked with a move for another young French forward.

Newcastle United are linked with a move for Sochaux forward Alan Virginius as a deal for Hugo Ekitike continues to stall.

The Magpies swiftly rekindled their interest in Ekitike in the early part of the summer after first attempting to sign the 20-year-old in January.

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However, as the weeks have progressed, United have become increasingly frustrated with Ekitike’s camp and are exploring other targets.

The deal is not dead as such, with a transfer agreement in place with Reims, but it won’t happen unless Ekitike’s representatives lower their heavy demands.

Sochaux forward Alan Virginius is linked with Newcastle United. Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP via Getty Images)Sochaux forward Alan Virginius is linked with Newcastle United. Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP via Getty Images)
Sochaux forward Alan Virginius is linked with Newcastle United. Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

There is a feeling Ekitike is being advised to hold out for other approaches amid tenative links to Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

While Ekitike’s representatives risk backing themselves into a corner, Newcastle remain active in the market.

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And according to French publication Le10Sport, United are interested in Virginius but will face competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge.

Still only 19, Virginius has made 50 senior appearances - scoring eight goals - for the Ligue 2 side and is a France under-19s international.

The report adds that Sochaux have received a £6m from an unknown for Virginius, who has one year remaining on his contract.

The teenager could look to depart this summer after Sochaux lost out on promotion to France’s top-flight via a play-offs defeat to Auxerre.

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