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Wolves tracking Hugo Ekitike ahead of summer swoop

Wolves are prioritising the signing of a striker this summer and see Reims’ Hugo Ekitike as an option.

What’s the word?

That is according to John Percy’s latest report via The Telegraph, who states the Wolves are scouting Ekitike but face serious competition to sign him.

Newcastle United had a £25m bid rejected for the 19-year-old as recent as the January transfer window.

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Though Wolves are indeed prioritising the signing of a goalscorer, with Lage expressing his frustration after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley: “We have to continue to work hard, but the average of goals. We are not scoring goals and the frustration comes from that.”

The next Mbappe

According to Percy’s latest report: “Lage has been given the green light to sign a young striker ahead of next season.”

As a result, that gives Lage the licence to sign the man dubbed as “the next Mbappe” according to journalist Graeme Bailey on Twitter.

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Ekitike has enjoyed a fruitful breakthrough season in Ligue 1, having scored an impressive nine goals whilst chipping in with three assists – despite only featuring as a starter for Reims in just 41% of their games this term.

His nine goals rank him as Reims’ top scorer, having also bagged more times than a certain Lionel Messi in Ligue 1 this year.

Though, the real comparison we should be making is the one between the new Mbappe and Raul Jimenez, with the latter failing to reach the heights he has previously achieved.

The Mexican has played eight more games than Ekitike at the time of writing and has three goals fewer than the Frenchman with six strikes and the same total of three assists.

Ekitike would offer Wolves a totally different avenue in attack too, with his mobility and ability with the ball perhaps the biggest contrast between the pair.

The 19-year-old is happy to generate his own chances with his average of 30 carries per 90 demonstrating his prowess as a ball progressor.

Wolves are right to be tracking the young Frenchman and Lage would surely be pulling off a masterclass if he could beat some of Europe’s biggest outfits to his signature.

In other news: Wolves now plot bid for “exceptional” 96-goal machine, he’s far better than Trincao…

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