Newcastle United’s owners reportedly want to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Ward-Prowse this summer. However, their pursuit of Darwin Nunez is set to end in disappointment.
The Magpies are enduring an interesting start to the summer. On the one hand, they’ve completed a very smart signing by bringing in Matt Targett. On the other, they’re yet to truly strengthen having only made a loan deal permanent.
It’s not for the lack of trying. Plenty of big names have been linked with the Magpies, but Eddie Howe and co have simply been unable to get deals over the line as it stands.
One major target was Darwin Nunez, but he won’t be coming to St James’ Park.
Newcastle willing to spend big on Darwin Nunez
According to Miguel Delaney’s Reading The Game newsletter, the Toon hierarchy are more than happy to spend the money required on the Benfica striker.
The problem is the player, who simply does not want to join Newcastle.
While that is disappointing, it’s understandable given the clubs that are chasing him. He looks set to join Liverpool, who have just enjoyed a sensational season. They nearly delivered an unprecedented quadruple, only to fall short.
Now they’re looking to bounce back and strengthen their squad further, even if Sadio Mane could leave. The fact they want Nunez is a testament to his ability. It also sums up why Newcastle just can’t get him.
He’s certainly a player worth splashing out on. He scored 34 goals last season and he’s only 22-years-old. He could have been Newcastle’s main striker for the next 10 years.
But he isn’t open to joining Howe’s side. He should be playing Champions League football, and has clubs interested in him that can offer it. Sadly, we are not one of them.
Newcastle owners want Calvert-Lewin and Ward-Prowse
Delaney’s newsletter states that Newcastle are instead turning their attentions to Calvert-Lewin and Ward-Prowse. Their potential arrivals would see a sharp increase in the number of Toon players with double-barrel surnames.
Calvert-Lewin could benefit from a fresh start after enduring a tough season with Everton, but could certainly thrive in a black and white shirt.
A move for Ward-Prowse is probably less likely, but arguably more exciting. He’s the Southampton captain and a leader, making him the type of character that would improve the Toon dressing room further.
Howe is keen to bring in quality people, not just quality players. Character is very important, and was one of the main reasons why our January signings did so well.
Ward-Prowse would fall into that bracket too, and provide strong competition for the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton.
Signing two England internationals won’t be cheap, but Newcastle certainly have the money. They’re willing to splash out on Nunez, but he’s not keen. But the £85million fee he could cost Liverpool this summer proves the Toon owners have the cash to spend if it’s the right player.