The Lowdown: Howe’s striker hunt
The Magpies have been linked with a myriad of strikers this window as the North-East club look to build upon their recent successes in the transfer market.
The main rumour has of course concerned Hugo Ekitike, who has now joined Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan. Newcastle had agreed a £33m transfer fee with Reims for the youngster, but a series of disagreements with the player’s agent meant the Premier League outfit pulled out of the deal.
More recently, Eddie Howe’s side have been linked with Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad and Ivan Toney from Brentford; although, the quoted fees have seemingly put the club off pursuing these deals further.
The Latest: DCL the top target
According to Jones (via GiveMeSport), Calvert-Lewin remains Newcastle’s top striker target this summer and the Magpies are plotting a big-money move for the Toffees man.
Reportedly holding an asking price of £60m, insiders are said to be ‘convinced’ that Howe and Dan Ashworth will push the boat out to sign the 25-year-old and that the club will ‘splash out for the first time’ since the PIF takeover.
The Verdict: Great signing
When looking at the forward’s underlying statistics, it is easy to see why the Toon boss is so keen on bringing him to St James’ Park.
Compared with positional peers across Europe over the past year, Calvert-Lewin ranks in the 95th percentile for aerials won (via FBRef), having averaged a whopping 5.5 aerials won per game last season (via WhoScored).
To put that into perspective, that’s more than 6 foot 7 Dan Burn managed for the Magpies last season, leaving little wonder why Alan Shearer once praised Calvert-Lewin for the way he ‘absolutely battered‘ former Chelsea defenders Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen.
Should Newcastle sign Calvert-Lewin?
The 25-year-old would provide Howe with an alternative play-style to Callum Wilson, allowing a change in tactics when needed.
This could be a great signing for the Magpies.
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