The 19-year-old is the highest scoring teenager in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season, scoring eight goals in 17 Ligue 1 games to date, and has already drawn comparisons in the French media to Kylian Mbappe.
The Magpies want the deal for Ekitike to be completed before Saturday’s Premier League clash with Watford and manager Eddie Howe has given the green light for a move to proceed.
90min reported earlier in the week that Newcastle were targeting the signing of two forwards in January due to Callum Wilson’s injury, and they are now close to landing a player who has caught the eye in Ligue 1 with a number of standout displays.
Ekitike, who graduated from Reims’ academy and previously spent time on loan at Danish Superliga club Vejle Boldklub, feels ready to make the move to the North East, and his arrival would add fresh impetus to a Newcastle side still reeling from their shock FA Cup defeat to Cambridge on Saturday.
The Magpies are also still languishing in the Premier League’s relegation zone, with their fortunes yet to significantly change since Howe took charge despite an improvement in overall performances.