By George Overhill

2nd Jun, 2022 | 4:02pm

Newcastle United agree fee to sign Reims striker Hugo Ekitike - report

Newcastle United are close to signing Hugo Ekitike from Reims after the club accepted a bid for the striker, the Guardian reports.

The 19-year-old is also a target for Borussia Dortmund, who just sold Erling Haaland to Manchester City, but the Magpies are pushing to complete a deal they have been working on since the January transfer window.

The fee is reported to be €30million with another €5million in add-ons, which the Ligue 1 side have accepted.

It is now down to the player to agree personal terms on a five-year deal but he has apparently already indicated a willingness to do so.

The club were close to signing Ekitike on January deadline day but the player decided against making the move at the time.

He subsequently finished the season having scored 10 league goals for the side that finished 12th.

Better late than never

Eddie Howe will be relieved if he finally gets this one over the line as it was one of many across the Premier League that looked close in the winter window but didn’t happen.

The return of Callum Wilson helped during the latter stages of the season but his regular fitness remains unreliable.

Chris Wood was the first signing of the new era from Burnley but he only scored twice in the top flight after his move to St James’ and doesn’t seem likely to be a key component for long.

If the French under-21 international agrees to terms soon he would become the first signing of the Dan Ashworth era after his arrival from Brighton.

The ambitious plans at the club have a new man to drive them, so Ekitike is unlikely to be the only incoming transfer during the summer.

Dwight Gayle is still at the club but is expected to leave after only scoring 11 Premier League goals at the club.

In other Newcastle United news, the club are interested in Birmingham teenager George Hall.