Reporter claims Newcastle could turn to £43m ace after Ekitike snub, personal terms agreed

Newcastle United have signed Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes so far this month.

And Dan Burn seems to be getting closer to a return to the northeast.

Earlier today we shared footage from Keith Downie showing Burn arriving in Newcastle for his medical.

However, Newcastle failed to complete the Hugo Ekitike deal.

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The Magpies have apparently made a bid of £25m, rising to £33m, for the Reims striker.

Although Ekitike’s club apparently accepted the offer, the player decided to stay put.

“The player has now had time to reflect,” Keith Downie said on Sky Sports (31/1, 4:23 p.m.).

“His feeling is that it’s too big a decision for him to make at this late stage.

“He will not be moving to Newcastle.”

Now Dean Jones has suggested the Magpies could potentially stage a late hit for Duvan Zapata.

Newcastle were linked with the Atalanta striker earlier in the window.

Colombian outlet El Tiempo even claimed personal terms had been agreed on a £105,000-a-week deal.

Last week, 90Min claimed talks between the Magpies and Zapata’s club were still ongoing.

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Atalanta have apparently rejected Newcastle’s opening bid to sign the Colombian on loan.

The Magpies are said to be willing to pay Atalanta an £8million loan fee with an obligation to buy for another £30million – including bonuses – if they stay up.

Atalanta reportedly turned down the offer because they wanted an obligation to come on regardless of Newcastle’s Premier League status.

On Sunday, the Daily Star – via the Daily Express – claimed Newcastle had drawn up a new offer for Zapata.

It would involve an £8m loan fee before spending £35m to sign him permanently this summer.

“It’s going to cost a fortune”

Now, following Ekitike’s choice to stay put, Jones has advised the Magpies to potentially make a late move for Zapata.

However, he believes Newcastle would have to pay a huge fee to sign the striker at this stage of the window.

“They had kept that deal with Zapata in the background,” Jones told GiveMeSport.

“So I guess it’s possible they could turn to that, but it’s going to cost a fortune to sign him now, at this stage, to get him out of Atalanta.

“They were already trying to raise the price. So with hours left, I can’t imagine they’re going to have it at a good price at all. So, I don’t know where they’re going to turn here.

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