Newcastle United could be in for a transfer tussle this summer as French champions Paris Saint-Germain have cast their eye on long-time Magpies target Hugo Ekitike.
Per reports in French outlet Foot Mercato, PSG have gained interest in the 20-year-old native of Reims and club academy graduate this summer, which could potentially throw a spanner in the works of Newcastle's transfer plans before the upcoming 2022-23 Premier League campaign as the St. James' Park outfit look to source a long-term center-forward on Tyneside.
But PSG do not have a free pathway to Ekitike this summer, with the capital outfit reportedly unwilling to match Newcastle's existing offer that was previously tabled by the potential Premier League upstarts.
The Magpies already tabled an official bid in the amount of £34 million to Stade de Reims at the beginning of July, but Reims manager Oscar Garcia made it known that the French youth international could easily see himself remaining with his hometown side in the upcoming Ligue 1 season, which has seemingly leveled any chance that Newcastle may have had to land the U20 center-forward.
Additionally, Ekitike could choose to stay in Reims to hopefully persuade PSG to meet the club's asking price for his services, lending further weight to the notion that he would prefer a move to the French capital over picking Newcastle as his next port of call.
Though Eddie Howe's outfit have secured deals for Sven Botman, Nick Pope, and Matt Targett this summer, the need for a long-term solution at center-forward is surely a priority given the club's current options in Callum Wilson, Chris Wood, and Dwight Gayle are all on the wrong side of 30, meaning missing out on Ekitike could be a considerable blow as the summer progresses and potential options fall off the table.
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