Reims president confirms Newcastle approach for Ekitike

Newcastle United have failed with a bid for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike.

However, the Premier League side will have to cough up at least £24m upfront with ‘achievable bonuses’ to get striker Ekitike on-board.

The 19-year-old only made his senior debut in August but has exploded onto the Ligue 1 scene with eight goals and three assists.

Newcastle have already tabled an offer for him – but it was swiftly rejected by Reims, according to their president Jean-Pierre Caillot.

Speaking to Le Quotidien du Sport, he said: “It is true that a lot have realised the quality of the player now, but not us. He was formed with us and it does not surprise us.

“Newcastle positioned themselves, we discussed it, they made us an offer that did not suit us.

“As we do not really want him to leave, we have fixed the price quite high. They did offer us €35m (£29m) all in, but with a number of bonuses, some of them were quasi-impossible to reach.

“Like for example, winning the Champions’ League… We want €30m (£25m) flat and €10m (£8.3m) achievable bonuses.”

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