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Hugo Ekitikie turned down Newcastle because he was not ‘convinced’ by the Saudi project, SunSport’s Oscar Paul writes.
Toon had agreed a £33m offer with the Ligue 1 club on the French veteran’s Last Day before the move fell through.
And his agent, Karl Buchmann, said: “We are not convinced of the sports project (at Newcastle) and we do not see any short- or medium-term plans with their approach.
“Hugo has achieved great things in just six months but as he has been with the club we have agreed with the leaders to end the season with Reims.”
Elsewhere, Manchester United are planning a “major investment” for Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo, reports say.
That’s according to Marca, who reports that United are leading the transfer race for Araujo, who has also attracted interest from other Premier League sides.
The Red Devils are seriously considering a deal for the centre-back, who are aware of their interest in him.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte revealed he was surprised by the departure of Tottenham in this transfer window.
“Sure, it’s weird,” Conte said. It is strange to loan and sell a player in the January transfer window.
“It’s weird because it means something happened in the past.
And finally, Tammy Abraham is said to be aiming for a return to the Premier League despite being revealed in Serie A this season.
Abraham left Chelsea for Roma in a £30m deal in the summer, and the Blues have cleverly included a buy-back clause in the deal.
That figure is believed to be around £68m, double his transfer fee, which will come into effect in 2023.
And Corriere dello Sport insists Abraham wants to ‘go home one day’ in an attempt to conquer the Premier League.
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