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Newcastle's surprise loan move for Villa ace, Ekitike bid rejected, Tarkowski boost

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Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund last October making them the world's richest club.It appears a move for the "next Kylian Mbappe" Hugo Ekitike could now be off completely, with his current club Reims unhappy with the offer made by Eddie Howe's side.But players are expected to arrive before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, with the latest reports giving the Magpies a boost in their hopes of signing Burnley's James Tarkowski and Aston Villa's Matt Targett.Daily Star Sport has taken a look at the latest Newcastle United transfer news below.

Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot has revealed Newcastle's offer for young forward Hugo Ekitike fell well short of their expectations.The 19-year-old French forward has already been compared to superstar Kylian Mbappe and reports have suggested Newcastle have already submitted an offer for the striker who has eight goals in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season.

But Caillot told Le Quotidien du Sport : "They offered us €35million (£29m) in total but with many bonuses, some of which were almost impossible to achieve.

Like winning the Champions League." Asked what it will take for the prolific Ekitike to be prised away, the 60-year-old added: "We want €30m fixed and an extra €10m in achievable bonuses." Who would you like to see Newcastle sign during this month's January transfer window?

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