The £26million man admits he nearly joined Newcastle earlier this month and calls Magpies a “big” club

On 16 July, Paris Saint-Germain announced the signing of Hugo Ekitike after rejecting interest from Newcastle.

The 20-year-old has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long deal that is expected to turn into a permanent deal 25.5 million pounds next summer

Interestingly, Ekitike joined the Ligue 1 champions despite Newcastle paying him and Reims more money.

Now the youngster has revealed why he turned down the Magpies in favor of Paris Saint-Germain.

What’s the matter?

Well, Ekitike seems to have a lot of respect for Newcastle, but wants to stress that he couldn’t rule out PSG.

talk to le10sportThe France Under-20 international said: “I’m not putting off everything that Newcastle have done for me to come. If I was going to go abroad I would definitely go there. But if Paris Saint-Germain want you and you’re French, no. You can refuse. All those who showed their place were big clubs.

If Paris Saint-Germain were not interested in Ekitike, he would definitely join Newcastle.

The Reims-born striker also appears to be grateful to Newcastle for making the effort to pursue them.

In the end, Eddie Howe and Dan Ashworth – Newcastle’s director of football – lost a battle after PSG got involved.

If Newcastle had hired Luis Campos as director of football instead of Ashworth – the man who really wanted the job – things could have been different, as Ekitike admits he has a close relationship with the Portuguese negotiator.

The number 44 of Paris Saint-Germain continued: I had an appointment with Luis (Campus) that was very valuable for me. Not long ago we talked a lot, he is someone I respect a lot. “Before this transfer, I wanted to come to Paris Saint-Germain, but he convinced me more.”

PSG have a Hugo Ekitike replacement for Newcastle

Interestingly, Christophe Gaultier now has two Newcastle strikers to admire.

Apart from Ekitike, PSG also have Arno Kalimundo, a striker who is said to be a target for Newcastle and Leeds.

PSG can therefore apologize for stealing Ekitike from the Magpies by sanctioning the transfer of Kalimundo, who was the subject of a £20million bid from Leeds.

Keep an eye on this situation as we will be very surprised if Newcastle don’t sign a striker this summer.

In other news, Nottingham Forest were trying to secure the Europa League double for just £8.5m. ?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=26m-man-admits-he-nearly-joined-newcastle-Earlier-this-month-calls-magpies-a-big-club The £26m man admits he nearly joined Newcastle earlier this month has been joined. The Magpies are a “big” club.

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