Premier League duo Crystal Palace and West Ham United could be given a second chance to sign Hugo Ekitike in January, with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain now ready to consider loan deals.
Newcastle United fans could be forgiven for getting a bit carried away Claims fraud.
After all, Newcastle have already agreed a transfer fee for the signing of Hugo Ekitike from Reims in 2022; The striker repeatedly rejected Eddie Howe’s advances, so great was his desire to move to Paris Saint-Germain instead.
With Newcastle focusing on Alexander Isak and Ekitike now something of a persona non grata in the French capital, Howe can certainly take comfort in the knowledge that the Magpies have emerged victorious in a months-long saga.
Hugo Ekitike is no longer wanted by Paris Saint-Germain
Ekitike only scored four goals in his debut season with PSG; His impact pales in comparison to Isak’s at St James’ Park. The France U20 international played a total of eight minutes in PSG’s first four Ligue 1 games of the new season and was completely left out of the squad on matchday against Lyon because he rejected a move to Eintracht Frankfurt in the late summer.
Accordingly L’Equipe, Ekitike snubbed Frankfurt because he only had eyes for the Premier League. West Ham were delighted. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, submitted a loan-to-buy deal. A sum that could have ultimately earned them a club record fee of £32 million.
PSG were only willing to consider a permanent sale at this point.
But they are so determined to get Ekitike off the payroll, L’Equipe reports Le Parisiens have softened their stance. PSG are now willing to accept short-term offers in the winter, albeit with a significant loan fee included in any agreement.
A second chance for Crystal Palace and West Ham
Whether or not Crystal Palace renew their interest in January may depend on whether Odsonne Edouard and Jean-Philippe Mateta – who were outstanding in the 3-2 win over Wolves – can continue their recent upswing in front of goal.
Everton also showed interest in Ekitike The athlete.
However, the potentially inspired acquisition of Beto from Udinese fills exactly that gap in Sean Dyche’s often toothless frontline. The slaloming and weaving Beto certainly appears to be the missing piece in the Everton puzzle, which stood out in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United before the international break in September.
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