Wed 17 Apr 2024, 19:59 · Ash Harrison

Eintracht Frankfurt to sign former Newcastle target on a £14m permanent deal after loan

Eintracht Frankfurt to sign former Newcastle target on a £14m permanent deal after loan
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Every pot finds a lid so they say, and Hugo Ekitike has finally found his it seems.

After snubbing Newcastle United and joining Paris Saint-Germain only to see his career nosedive off a cliff, the 21-year-old looks to have found himself a new home at last.

It was a long, drawn-out saga around Newcastle and the former Rennes striker in the summer before last when many reports came out suggesting that Newcastle had secured a deal for the exciting young forward, only for that deal to collapse when PSG stepped up their interest.

To say it cheesed Newcastle fans off would be a minor understatement, but at the same time, the young Frenchman had the opportunity to realise a dream and join the biggest team in his homeland, so you can see why his head was turned.


Frankfurt have opted to keep Ekitike despite him not even scoring for them yet

The move didn't work out with Ekitike a rarely used substitute and having his commitment and attitude called into question several times. The season-long loan from Rennes contained an obligation to buy so PSG were stuck with him until they loaned him out in January to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Since then, Ekitike has gone on to make 11 appearances and registered no goals and just one assist, but Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the German side are willing to make the deal a permanent one for £14million.

Ekitike was linked again with Newcastle last summer and again in January as the forward struggled at PSG before moving to Germany.


Newcastle dodged a bullet

We're absolutely buzzing for Ekitike finally getting a move away from PSG, especially as it's not to Newcastle.

After what he did to us back in 2022, we're not sure many fans would have forgiven him and it would have made for a poor atmosphere for the lad and he clearly doesn't react well when things aren't going his way.

I've said it many times and I stick by it - Newcastle dodged a bullet by missing out on this one. He has the potential, sure, but he does not have the mentality or the attitude to make it at Newcastle.