Newcastle have £26m bid for striker Hugo Ekitike accepted by Reims – Paper Talk | Transfer Centre News

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Newcastle are closing in on the signing of striker Hugo Ekitike after Reims accepted an offer of €30m (£25.6m) plus up to €5m in add-ons.

Juventus have offered Paul Pogba a net salary of about €8m (£6.8m) a year, plus potentially lucrative bonuses, as they try to persuade him to return.

Hugo Ekitike
Hugo Ekitike could be set for a move to the Premier League

A number of Premier League clubs have shown interest in defender Ben Mee, who is set to leave Burnley following their relegation and end an 11-year relationship with the club.


Oleksandr Zinchenko had to be talked out of heading home to the front line when war broke out in Ukraine earlier this year.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 29: Ukraine's Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrates at full time during the UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 match between Sweden and Ukraine at Hampden Park, on June 29, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Oleksandr Zinchenko starred for Ukraine in their World Cup play-off semi-final win over Scotland on Wednesday

Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Joao Sacramento is in talks to take on his first permanent managerial position.

Barcelona are, according to a report in Spain, going to rent out the Nou Camp pitch this summer at £255 per player in a desperate bid to lower their staggering debts.


Lyon are confident of reaching agreement to re-sign Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette on a free transfer, with the Gunners now stepping up their efforts to sign Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.

RB Leipzig are battling to retain Josko Gvardiol amid mounting interest from England, led by Chelsea and Tottenham.

Liverpool are enraged by the constant barrage of false claims being promoted by the French government and have vowed to prove how badly treated their fans were at the Champions League final.

Tottenham will turn their attentions back to Torino’s Gleison Bremer, recently named Serie A Defender of the Year, if they are unable to secure a deal for Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni.

Christian Pulisic has admitted he wants more playing time at Chelsea next season and is excited for the club’s future after Todd Boehly’s takeover was concluded.

Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring a late winner against West Ham
Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring a late winner against West Ham

NBA great LeBron James has become only the second sportsman, following Michael Jordan, to become a billionaire thanks to his investments in film companies, sponsorship deals and ownership stakes in sports franchises including Liverpool.


Peter Shilton has slammed Boris Johnson for ignoring his pleas over a ban on betting firms sponsoring football shirts.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been handed a £50m boost ahead of the summer transfer window with players leaving the club.

Marco Asensio has opened the door to leaving Real Madrid after reports emerged that he had been offered to Manchester United by agent Jorge Mendes.

Marco Asensio celebrates after his goal in the Madrid derby
Marco Asensio celebrates after his goal in the Madrid derby


Newcastle are set to renew their efforts to sign Belgium international winger Yannick Carrasco after failing to secure him in the January window.

Juventus are reportedly preparing to offer Arsenal a swap deal which would see long-term target Arthur Melo come to London in exchange for Gabriel Martinelli.

Newcastle will return for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin if Hugo Ekitike decides it is too early in his career to leave French club Reims and move to another country.


Everton are confident of signing James Tarkowski on a free transfer as Frank Lampard begins overhauling his squad.

James Tarkowski
James Tarkowski’s Burnley contract expires this month

MCC will review its ticket prices for next summer and says it will take account of the cost of living when deciding on how much to charge in 2023.


England’s World Cup support could be the next victim of the cost of living crisis as fans balk at total prices of more than £7,000 if the team goes all the way in Qatar.


Celtic are considering another Israeli move with Mohammad Abu Fani on the radar.

Kilmarnock are keen on a move for Kerr McInroy after he was released by Celtic.

Celtic are waiting for updates on defender Carl Starfeldt after he was stretchered off with a “problematic” hamstring injury during Sweden’s Nations League clash with Slovenia.

Barry Ferguson says Scotland fans calling for Steve Clarke to be fired after their World Cup heartbreak against Ukraine need to “get a grip”.

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