Newcastle United have once again been linked with a move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Everton striker was mentioned as a target last year, with the Telegraph reporting that Newcastle’s new owners are keen admirers of the 24-year-old.
Calvert-Lewin has reportedly been talked about again by Toon officials, with the Telegraph stating that a potential move was discussed this week.
With just a few days remaining in the transfer window, a move for Calvert-Lewin would certainly make a real statement. It would cost a lot of money too – you can only assume it would eclipse the club record fee we paid for Joelinton in 2019.
Calvert-Lewin would be incredible, but Newcastle move feels unlikely right now
Newcastle’s current striker options are Callum Wilson, Chris Wood and Dwight Gayle – although the latter has barely featured under Eddie Howe.
Focusing on Wilson and Wood, while they’re both good Premier League goalscorers, they’re in their peak years. Wilson is 29 and turns 30 next month, while Wood is 30.
With an eye towards the future, Newcastle will want younger players who can develop at St James’ Park. That’s why Bruno Guimaraes could be such a good signing.
And it’s why the Magpies are reportedly looking at Calvert-Lewin. While it feels like he’s been around for ages, he’s still only 24. His best years are ahead of him, and he could be a perfect replacement for number nine Wilson.
But with talk that Eddie Nketiah could join the club, a late move for DCL feels massively unlikely.
And even if we did move, Everton would surely be unwilling to sell. They don’t have a manager and tension is high among fans – the last thing they need is to sell one of their best players.
Calvert-Lewin would be an incredible signing for Newcastle, but a late January deal feels impossible. Perhaps it’s one to revisit in the summer, assuming we aren’t relegation, of course.