Final nail in the coffin for Newcastle as Reims boss reveals Hugo Ekitike U-Turn

Stade de Reims manager Oscar Garcia has, on Friday, provided an update on the future of long-time Newcastle United target Hugo Ekitike.

The name of attacking sensation Ekitike has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines on Tyneside for some time now.

This comes with the 20-year-old, after coming close to making the move to St. James' Park during the January transfer window, having been widely tipped as being on the verge of linking up with Eddie Howe's squad once more over the course of the last couple of weeks.

In fact, several sources went as far as to suggest that a deal was as good as done, owing to an agreement being struck between the respective transfer teams at Newcastle and Reims.

And yet, to this point, official confirmation of as much has not arrived.

Why? The continued efforts of Ekitike's agents to drag out negotiations, in the hope of one of European football's heavyweights entering the fray for the Frenchman's services.

Speaking to the media on Friday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of the future of his side's crown jewel was put to Reims boss Oscar Garcia.

And the ensuing comments on Garcia's part only served to put the final nail in the coffin of Newcastle's Ekitike pursuit.

This comes with the tactician having first revealed that his attacking star 'wants to stay', before hinting that Ekitike could only be swayed into a transfer should one of Spain's two biggest clubs come calling:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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