Newcastle United in talks over £25m deal - with two other players also under consideration

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Newcastle United transfer state of play after a busy week of speculation.

Transfer talk surrounding Newcastle United has ramped up this week ahead of the window officially opening next Friday (June 10).

It goes without saying that the Magpies will be busy this summer - with a number of incomings and outgoings expected.

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While those who leave the club is just as important as those who join, the latter, understandably, is capturing supporters’ imagination.

Hugo Ekitike deal all-but agreed

And there has been movement on potential new arrivals in the recent days with Reims star Hugo Ekitike right at the centre.

In an interview France Bleu on Thursday, the Ligue 1’s club president Jean-Pierre Caillot all-but-confirmed United’s interest in the 19-year-old.

Reims star Hugo Ekitike is closing in on a move to Newcastle United. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)Reims star Hugo Ekitike is closing in on a move to Newcastle United. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)
Reims star Hugo Ekitike is closing in on a move to Newcastle United. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

He also made it pretty apparent that Reims will accept United’s offer, though a completed transfer is subject to Ekitike and his representatives agreeing terms.

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Agents fees are a big part of discussions between Newcastle and Ekitike’s entourages, though there is a confidence that will be ironed out.

The transfer fee that is due to Reims remains unclear, although Caillot did reveal Ekitike is valued between the £25million-£34m mark.

It is likely United would pay a figure up front and then the rest in add-ons for one of Europe’s most exciting teenagers.

Ekitike has been on Newcastle’s radar since January, with his style of play drawing early comparisons to PSG star Kylian Mbappe and former France striker David Trezeguet.

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It’ll be a major coup for Eddie Howe’s side if they can, as hoped, add Ekitke, who scored 10 goals in 24 Ligue 1 appearances last term, to their ranks.

The Sven Botman link

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It seems it is a straight shootout between AC Milan and Newcastle for Sven Botman, though the Serie A club arguably hold the upper hand - for now.

A number of sources in France had expected Botman to be a Milan player by now but their delay in closing out a deal has offered renewed hope to the Magpies.

The Netherlands under-21s international was United’s top central defensive target in January. Six months on, that hasn’t changed, despite the £13million signing of Dan Burn from Brighton.

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If Milan do not sign Botman then you can bet Newcastle will, unless another club gazumps them, which seems unlikely at this stage.

Milan, who won the Serie A title in 2021/22, can offer Champions League football, while United can make him front and centre of an exciting project, with European qualification to follow in the next few years.

Botman is still only 22-year-olds so has plenty room for growth.

Moussa Diaby on Newcastle’s radar

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As widely reported, Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby is among the names being considered by Newcastle’s transfer officials.

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The winger, under contract at the German club until 2025, ticks a lot of boxes. He’s only 22 but has experience of playing in the Bundesliga and Champions League, as well as being a France international.

Last season, Diaby made an impressive 25 goal contributions, scoring 13 and assisting 12.

He’s got quite an attractive CV already, which is why he’s on the radar of other European clubs. Naturally, Leverkusen will demand a sizeable fee for their star asset.

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