According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United have agreed to pay Reims to sign Hugo Ekitike this summer.
The French striker has long been linked with a move to Newcastle, and now a fee worth an initial 12 million, potentially raising to 26 million, has been agreed.
Newcastle United is faced with a concern as always.
While Reims is putting a special striker to Newcastle, the player himself appears to have some concerns about a potential move.
Ekitike is apparently not returning the Magpies calls for now, while Newcastle have been informed that the striker is still being offered to other clubs within Europe, which in itself presents its own issue.
Newcastle, even as the richest club on the planet, may struggle to win this transfer race, as Le Parisiens and BVB would be able to offer Ekitike the chance to play in the Champions League, something Newcastle cant even begin to dream of right now.
United are now considering other striker options.
This has been one of the most frustrating transfer chases in recent memory. From Ekitikes'' parents telling him to reject a move in January, to potential FFP problems, to being flat-out ghosted by strikers supporters.
Although the outcome of a move remains to be seen, it may not be long before Newcastle decides that this transfer isn''t worth the effort.