Newcastle United were looking at signing Reims star Hugo Ekitike in the winter market, but weren’t able to take him away from the French club.

The striker has nine goals and three assists in 20 league matches this term and his form has convinced the Tyneside club to keep an eye on him for the next window.

On February 2nd, we carried a report from, who stated the 19-year-old is still ‘in the crosshairs’ of the Magpies, after they failed to land him in January.

Bild now explain Borussia Dortmund are among the youngster’s suitors as they view him as a potential candidate to replace their current star, Erling Haaland.

Apart from the Bundesliga side, there are other clubs in the picture for the attacker. This is when Eddie Howe’s side are mentioned in the report as they are ‘interested’ in the France U20 international.

It’s stated the Ligue 1 side ‘had already agreed’ a deal with Newcastle for the player’s sale in January. However, the transfer didn’t take shape because Ekitike ‘vetoed it’ since he wanted to complete the season at Reims and only look to change clubs in the summer.

Having already agreed a deal with Reims last month, Newcastle shouldn’t have a tough task to conclude the deal after this season, as long as they convince the Frenchman for the transfer.