NEWCASTLE suffered a huge setback in their long bid to sign Reims star Hugo Ekitike, with the striker agreeing to join PSG.
GFFN and Shields Gazette both report that the French striker has ‘agreed in principle’ to join PSG.
However, it is reported that PSG are not ready to match the offer Reims previously accepted from the Magpies.
Eddie Howe’s side had a fee of £36million agreed with the club but could not agree personal terms with the France Under-20 international, despite apparently offering 15 times the amount of money he currently has.
Reims are believed to be unwilling to lower their asking price from what PSG are willing to offer, although it looks like Newcastle are already considering alternative forwards in the market.
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also believed to be monitoring the striker’s situation, but Reims and PSG continue to have ongoing transfer talks.
The youngster scored ten goals and had three assists in 23 league appearances for the French side last season.
His double-digit goalscoring tally made him the highest scoring teenager in Europe’s top five leagues last season.
The Frenchman, who qualifies to play for Cameroon through his father, was born in Reims and joined the academy aged 11.
He was the club’s top scorer last season, scoring six more than second-best and he provided the club’s second-most assists.
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Reims finished the season firmly in the middle of the table in 12th place.
Ekitike has only played 38 senior professional football matches, including 11 on loan in Denmark last year, but his value has risen significantly over the past 12 months.