Crystal Palace is outbidding Newcastle United and West Ham United for another excellent 21-year-old striker.

Hugo Ekitike is wanted by Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, and West Ham United.
The Premier League trio of Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, and West Ham United are all interested in signing PSG striker Hugo Ekitike, according to HITC.

The 21-year-old came at Parc des Princes on loan in 2022-23 before becoming a permanent fixture a year later. Since then, he has made 33 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring four goals and assisting four others.

Ekitike primarily supported the famed PSG trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Kylian Mbappe. The departure of Pablo Sarabia provided him with additional opportunities, and to be honest, he has performed admirably when called upon.

Paris Saint-Germain experienced a summer of transition as both Neymar and Lionel Messi left the club. Luis Enrique’s appointment as manager has done little to alter Ekitike’s fortunes, and he appears about to quit. In fact, after declining to join Eintracht Frankfurt, he was withdrawn from the club’s UEFA Champions League roster.

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The additions of Randal Kolo Muani and Goncalo Ramos both increase contention for starting positions, much to Ekitike’s dismay. He has not been in a PSG matchday squad since the summer transfer market closed, and he is expected to leave in January.

Newcastle United may use another striker, and Ekitike seems a good fit. Ekitike, a good dribbler who can run into space and connect up well, would be ideal for Eddie Howe’s team. It will also provide ample support for the Magpies when Alexander Isak is forced to sit out or is unavailable. Furthermore, the Magpies have long admired the young Frenchman and will be hoping that this time is different.

The same can be said of West Ham United, who remain largely dependent on Michail Antonio. The veteran is far from a long-term option and David Moyes will need to bring in a replacement sooner rather than later. Ekitike fits the mould well and can prove to be a long-term solution to the Hammers’ woes upfront.

Crystal Palace also needs an attacking lynchpin following the sumemr departure of Wilfried Zaha. Ekitike sis till young but at 21, can lay the foundations to become a hero for the Eagles for years to come. Having followed the player all summer, it will come as a surprise should Palace fail to make a renewed push in January.



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