According to reports, Crystal Palace, Everton, West Ham, Brentford, and Wolves are all ‘in contact’ with the entourage of PSG striker Hugo Ekitike.
When the 21-year-old joined for PSG in 2022, he was regarded as one of Europe’s most talented strikers, but he has struggled to find playing time at the Parc des Princes.
Last season, Ekitike appeared in just 12 Ligue 1 games, scoring two goals. He has only played eight minutes of competitive football this season.
Kylian Mbappe is understandably well ahead of the youngster in the pecking order and it seems very unlikely that Ekitike will break into the starting XI any time soon. The signings of Goncalo Ramos, Bradley Barcola and Randal Kolo Muani have only worsened his situation.
As previously reported by TEAMtalk, Crystal Palace came close to signing Ekitike on deadline day but were unable to agree a deal with PSG.
Ekitke is keen to fight for his place with the French giants but a move away from the club might be the best thing for his development.
With several Premier League clubs in the race for his signature, a move to England could be on the cards in January.
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According to 90min, Ekitike will consider leaving PSG if he does not see his playing time increase by December.
PSG had hoped that the striker would join Eintracht Frankfurt as part of the deal to sign Kolo Muani. He had shown initial interest in moving to Germany but ultimately rejected the switch.
As mentioned, Ekitike considered a move to Crystal Palace on deadline day but talks broke down.
90 minutes say that Ektike is ‘not ready to give up on his PSG dream’ but also ‘accepts that he needs to make an impact in the coming months.’
Crystal Palace are said to be’very much still in the mix’ to recruit the teenager, while Everton, West Ham, Brentford, and Wolves are ‘in communication with his representation’ and ‘kept aware of the situation.’
Given this, a move to England appears to be the most likely consequence for Ekitike if he fails to impress PSG manager Luis Enrique.
A loan within France, however, could be on the cards, with Lyon, Lens, and former club Reims all interested.