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Newcastle are interested in Stade Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, 19, just five months after he made his debut and burst onto the pitch

NEWCASTLE are interested in Stade Reims striker Hugo Ekitike.

The 19-year-old only made his senior debut in August but has burst onto the scene in Ligue 1 since then.

Stade Reims striker Huge Ekitike is on Newcastle's radar

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Frenchman Ekitike has eight goals and three assists in 17 league appearances this season.

And the Magpies are keen to add him to their ranks, according to Sky Sports News.

Callum Wilson has been Newcastle’s player of the season this season and has divinely led the list.

But Eddie Howe wants to increase his strength in all areas as he fights to maintain Toon.

Newcastle is reportedly in talks with £35m Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.

And during the attack, they are set to make an approach for Burnley’s Chris Woods in the absence of injured Wilson.

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But Clarets has the ability to refuse the advance.

Wilson tore his calf against Manchester United on December 27.

And boss Howe confirms the extent of the damage after their 1-0 shock at home defeat to Cambridge in the FA Cup.

However Burnley are on their own, and believe Wood will be vital if they are to beat the drop.

And they have no intention of bolstering one of the clubs that will battle them for survival over the next four months.

Wood, 30, has only three Prem goals this term – but has hit double figures in each of his previous four at Turf Moor.

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And that is why the former Leeds striker has appeared in the sights of Howe, who is desperate to increase his chances of staying at the club.

Newcastle have also been linked with Burnley’s longtime defensive duo of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.

However, the view from Burnley is likely to remain unchanged if any offers come in between now and the end of the month.

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