Dominic Calvert-Lewin told to agree 'perfect' £25m Newcastle United switch


Former Everton CEO Keith Wyness has described Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a 'perfect' signing for Newcastle United.

The Magpies have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old striker this summer as he enters the final year of his Goodison Park contract. The England international missed out on Gareth Southgate's 33-man preliminary squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 championships after a relatively injury-free campaign, with the likes of Ivan Toney and Ollie Watkins preferred by the Three Lions manager.

Calvert-Lewin recorded his most appearances for the Toffees since the 2020/21 season, making 38 appearances in all competitions for Sean Dyche's side. The striker scored seven times in the Premier League with four of those coming in seven appearances towards the end of the campaign, including a penalty against Newcastle at St. James' Park in April.

Eddie Howe is expected to bolster his attacking options during the summer transfer window in the hopes of reclaiming European football on Tyneside. There is also speculation that top scorer Alexander Isak could leave the club in the summer as the Magpies look to comply with financial fair play regulations.

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And Wyness, who worked with the Merseyside club between 2004 and 2009 and now runs a football consultancy advising elite clubs, claimed he would “hate to see” the 27-year-old leave Goodison Park but can see the move happening.

He told Football Insider: “I think he’d be a perfect Newcastle number nine, to be honest.

“He leads the line very well, he’s got an eye for goal – and when he’s fit, he’s fantastic. I think he will resume his England place pretty quickly.

“He’s got one year left on his contract, which is why the £25million valuation makes some sort of sense for both clubs. I think Dominic may consider that move, and Newcastle and their fans may well be very pleased if they can get him.

“Does the lack of European qualification make the difference in terms of Newcastle being able to spend? It’s gone very quiet. But I think Calvert-Lewin is in the mould of the great Newcastle strikers.

“I’d hate to see him leave Everton. I certainly hope he stays, but Everton have their own constraint in terms of what they can offer in a new contract.”