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There has been a major update in their pursuit todayJanuary will present Magpies head coach Eddie Howe with his first opportunity to add reinforcements to the squad following his appointment last month.
Transfer insider Dean Jones believes thatare making good progress in their pursuit of young French striker Hugo Ekitike.
The 19-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle and Jones is confident that Eddie Howe's side are on the right track to sign him.
What's the latest news with Ekitike?
Withfacing a spell on the sidelines following his injury sustained against Manchester United last month, Newcastle need to bring in at least one striker this month.
Earlier this week,reported that the Magpies were desperately trying to sign a frontman before they host Watford in a crunch relegation clash at St James' Park this weekend.
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Newcastle are reportedly in contact with Arsenal over a deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.According to the Mirror, the Magpies have made contact with Arsenal over a possible deal for the ex-Borussia Dortmund attacker.
And that is looking likely to be the case, with Chris Woodof completing a £25m switch from another of Newcastle's relegation rivals Burnley.
Despite Wood's imminent arrival, the Magpies are still trying to get another striker over the line, and arewith Reims over the signing of Ekitike.
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The teenager has impressed in Ligue 1 this season, scoring, including five in his last eight league outings. Furthermore, Ekitike's fine goalscoring return has come in just 10 starts.
Newcastle have made an informal bid for the Frenchman, but that offer is reportedly less than Reims'.
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Newcastle are reportedly interested in a deal to sign Abdul Mumin from Vitoria this month.According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies are keeping tabs on the central defender ahead of a potential swoop for him this month.
But Jones believes that Newcastle are making good progress in their pursuit of Ekitike, who's currently suspended following his red card in a French cup match earlier this month.
What did Jones say bout Ekitike?
When asked for an update, Jones GIVEMESPORT: "Newcastle are making headway with Hugo Ekitike now."
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How has Ekitike fared this season?
According to, Ekitike has been Reims' sixth-best player this season with eight goals and two assists in less than 900 minutes.
In fact, in the whole of Ligue 1, only eight players have scored more than him, with the teenager scoring twice as many goals asand combined.
Those statistics will only excite the St James' Park faithful, but the youngster has never kicked a ball in the Premier League, so it'll be interesting to see how he performs if he does sign for the Magpies.
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Newcastle are reportedly pushing to complete a deal to sign Duvan Zapata from Atalanta.According to The Mirror, via TEAMtalk, the Magpies are pushing to complete a deal to sign the attacker on loan with an obligation to land him permanently in the summer.