Date: 31st May 2022 at 2:21pm
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Aston Villa are one of the many Premier League sides “looking at” Reims striker Hugo Ekitike this summer.

That is according to journalist Jacque Talbot, who has been speaking about Villa’s interest in the 19-year-old to GIVEMSPORT.

The young striker, who is valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt, was the subject of a transfer bid by Newcastle United in January, but turned down the move citing that “the timing wasn’t right.”

Newcastle are expected to try and make another move for the striker in the summer, but Talbot believes that Villa will also be interested in a swoop for the France under-20 international, with the club having already signed Philippe Coutinho to a permanent deal, as well as the additions of Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos.

“I think they’ll [Villa] look at Hugo Ekitike,” said Talbot to GIVEMESPORT.

“I’m told that he’s been shown around a few places like PSG, Dortmund, Newcastle, and I’m sure Aston Villa and clubs like that will be looking at him as well.”

Our thoughts on Talbot’s comments…

Ekitike, who has been dubbed “the next Mbappe by journalist Graeme Bailey, would be an interesting signing for Villa, who already possess both Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings in the striker department at the moment.

However, the youngster would provide a bit more balance to Villa’s transfer business this summer, with the club tending to recruit ready-made experienced first-teamers, rather than young players with high potential, due to the impressive quality coming through their academy ranks at the moment.

In comparison to his fellow strike partners at Villa, should he sign for the West Midlands side, the French under-20 international has found the back of the net ten times in Ligue 1 this season, one goal less than Watkins has scored in the Premier League, but three more than Ings, according to FBref. 

However, his goals per 90 minutes ratio trumps that of both Watkins and Ings, with the current Reims man having a strike rate of 0.71 per 90, whilst Watkins comes in at 0.34, just ahead of Ings with 0.33, according to the same stats provider.

We believe that although Ligue 1 is a different standard to the Premier League, the potential that Ekitike has shown would be too high for Villa to disregard, and would represent a fantastic addition for Steven Gerrard’s side.

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