Newcastle United have added England and Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to their list of transfer targets, according to a report.
With a new manager, a sporting director and fresh players all the order of the day on Tyneside after the takeover of the club, speculation has been intense. Boss Steve Bruce was not expected to take charge of his 1000th game as a manager against Spurs on Sunday, but he did.
And the Toon boss remains in situ despite a number of sources last week claiming he would be axed. Bruce appears to be limbo at St James’ Park. And his treatment by the new Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has been criticised.
The forward remains under contract until 2025 after arriving at Goodison Park from Sheffield United in 2016 for £1.5m.
The No.9 has developed into an international class striker, blasting 21 goals for Everton last season. He has started well again this term too, with three goals in three games before fracturing his toe in training.
Calvert-Lewin has been on the sidelines since the end of August, but he is “highly regarded by the current recruitment team at Newcastle”.
That team may well be ripped apart if Bruce is axed. However, the report claims Calvert-Lewin “would be expected to remain a player of interest even with a potential change of technical staff”.
Newcastle are in need of some striking options. Current first choice Callum Wilson has been plagued by injury and only recently returning from a hamstring issue.
Newcastle’s new owners will likely make a new striker a priority in January. But snaring the impressive Calvert-Lewin will not be easy.
Rival interest in Calvert-Lewin
The report claims Arsenal “are known to be keen” on the player, while Manchester City and Manchester United are “long-term admirers”. One Bundesliga club are also keen, while Real Madrid were linked with him recently.
Calvert-Lewin made big strides under former Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti and earned himself a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad.
And according to Calciomercato, Real have joined the race to sign the player – no doubt in large to the Ancelotti link.
Whether or not the interest from the LaLiga giants is real is unclear. But a move to the Bernabeu would surely be an appealing move for Calvert-Lewin.
The Sheffield-born forward will struggle to usurp Harry Kane in the England side. And to progress his career he may well fancy a big move to Spain.
Capped 11 times, Calvert-Lewin has scored four England goals. Captain Kane though is a mainstay in the England side under Gareth Southgate. So his international hopes look difficult to say the least.