Newcastle have entered the race to sign Everton star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin as they look to continue their rebuild under boss Eddie Howe which has seen them already make a charge into the top 10 in the Premier League table.
The Magpies have already seen a huge turn in form since their takeover by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia was completed in October. They appointed former Bournemouth boss Howe as the manager to oversee the initial rebuild, which has been a success so far, jumping up from the relegation zone all the way up to ninth by the start of the weekend.
As for Everton, they are in the middle of a relegation battle that could see the Merseyside team relegated from the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.
They face an uphill battle due to their poor form, and there has been a number of their top players linked with moves away from the historic English team. These include the likes of Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Michael Keane, who have all been great servants for their club in recent seasons.
The former has been linked with a move to north London club Arsenal recently, but Newcastle have entered the race as the north-east team have a bundle of cash to spend and could offer both Everton and Calvert-Lewin a lot of money to push the move through.
We at TIF have looked at what the consequences of signing the English striker could be…
End of Chris Wood?
The signing of the Everton man could mean the end of Chris Wood’s brief Newcastle career, as the player only arrived in January but has failed to make a big impact at his new club.
Since January, the forward has appeared 15 times but has only managed to net twice for the Magpies – not a great return on their £27m investment.
Calvert-Lewin has faced injury setbacks this season, but has still managed to bag more goals in fewer appearances, with 3 in 13 games and betters Wood in shots per game with 2.2 to 1.4, while he also has one more assist in this time.
Although this might not fill Newcastle fans with loads of hope, last season, the Everton striker bagged 21 goals and five assists in all competitions, while Wood’s best Premier League return sits at 14.
If Newcastle do get a deal for Calvert-Lewin done, it could mean the end of Wood’s chances to establish himself as a starter for the Magpies – though there should be suitors for the striker next season among the bottom half of the Premier League.
A cheaper option?
Will Newcastle sign Calvert-Lewin?
While Newcastle’s present and future managers will have almost unlimited money to spend in upcoming transfer windows, they will still want to get the best for their money and not overspend where they don’t need to. This can be the case with signing Calvert-Lewin, who at most will cost them around £60m, if reports are to be believed, but if Everton are relegated, they should be able to demand a much cheaper fee.
Another recent link for the Magpies has been Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, who has impressed since his £67.5m move from Lille in 2020. So far this season, he has bagged 17 goals in 29 appearances for the Italian side and it is reported they are willing to sell the striker as long as their €100m (£83.9m) evaluation is met.
Signing either of these targets could be a good move for Newcastle, but Calvert-Lewin’s Premier League experience and cheaper price tag should tempt the Magpies more so than signing Osimhen.