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Report: Newcastle think 'brilliant' England star wants to join them, they really want to sign him now

Newcastle United think Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin wants to join them when the summer transfer window opens.

The Telegraph report that the Magpies are going to bid for the England international striker, who has previously been described as ‘brilliant‘ by Toon legend Alan Shearer.

Calvert-Lewin has had a season of stagnation, hit by injury as Everton have found themselves embroiled in a relegation battle.

Newcastle are clear of that now, and that has allowed them to identify their summer transfer targets early and start on getting them in their sights.

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Newcastle think Calvert-Lewin wants to join them

Their report reads: “Newcastle United will launch a bold bid to sign England international striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin now they are certain of a place in the Premier League next season.

Telegraph Sport can reveal that the Magpies have identified Calvert-Lewin as one of their priority targets this summer and have been encouraged to believe the player would like to make the move before the start of next season. It remains to be seen whether Everton are willing to consider letting the centre forward leave.

But Newcastle’s interest in the player is long standing and he is someone manager Eddie Howe believes will upgrade his offensive options. Crucially, Calvert-Lewin, who is still just 25 years old, also fits into Newcastle’s recruitment strategy this summer, where they will look to sign young players to bring down the average age of an ageing squad.

Although Brentford’s Ivan Toney, Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Benfica’s Darwin Nunez are also on the club’s shortlist it is understood that Calvert-Lewin has moved to the top of that list and things could progress rapidly now that Newcastle know for sure they are safe from relegation.”

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It would be a big call for Calvert-Lewin to make the move to Newcastle, but they do look better placed to kick on than Everton do.

Newcastle would also be taking a gamble on a player who has almost had a write-off of a season due to injuries, especially because he would likely cost a huge amount.

How is Howe planning to balance his attacking options, with Callum Wilson and Chris Wood already there and Hugo Ekitike set to join according to the report?

Calvert-Lewin would want some assurances on gametime if he were to move so close to the 2022 World Cup, having gone to Euro 2020 as Harry Kane’s deputy.

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