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Brighton and Brentford bids complicate Newcastle pursuit for Ligue 1 star

Hugo Ekitike, Reims, December 2021.

Newcastle United’s pursuit of Hugo Ekitike has become more complicated, with Premier League rivals Brighton and Brentford reportedly lodging bids for the striker.

Newcastle’s interest in Ekitike has been well reported in recent days. Indeed, the side are keen on bringing in the 19-year-old talisman.

The forward looks a competent player, having scored eight goals in Ligue 1 this season. As such, he would likely be a good signing for Newcastle.

However, recent reports suggested that Reims wanted a sell-on clause in Ekitike’s contract, was he to move to Newcastle.

There are now further stumbling blocks in the Magpies’ path to the French striker. Brighton and Brentford are both reported to have lodged bids of their own, per 90min.

Brighton have struggled with scoring goals this season. In fact, they boast the second lowest goal tally in the Premier League outside of the bottom three.

Whereas, Brentford have just two recognised senior strikers in their squad. As such, a competent forward would be a bonus to either side.

The bids from both sides are reported to be below Newcastle’s offer of £30million, but they include significant add-ons.

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Although those bids may cause some problems, the Magpies are understood to still be in advanced talks for Ekitike.

What’s more, they want the deal to move quickly, so that the forward is available for them at the weekend. That would be a massive bonus for Newcastle, as they face fellow strugglers Watford, and are without top-scorer Callum Wilson.

Ekitike may well join Wood in attack

Burnley striker Chris Wood

Also in the works at Newcastle, the Magpies are nearing completion of the transfer for Burnley forward Chris Wood.

Newcastle were reported to want to bring in a couple of attacking options in January. The signing of a proven Premier League goalscorer in Wood is a massive step in the right direction for Newcastle.

While £25million may seem a hefty sum, the Magpies are desperate to try to avoid relegation.

If signing Wood helps them to do that, the fee will be justified.

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