Newcastle may not shell out hundreds of millions this summer but Eddie Howe will be provided with a healthy budget to improve this squad. The focus will be on quality over quantity but we could still see up to six signings in the upcoming window.
One area that is expected to receive a lot of attention is the top of the pitch. Newcastle have struggled to score goals in Callum Wilson’s absence. Our number nine continues to lead the club with 6 goals despite missing four months through injury.
The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards claims in an exclusive that Newcastle have identified the two strikers they want to bring in this summer. They are Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Reim’s teenager Hugo Ekitike.
Both players have been on Newcastle’s radar since January. Newcastle tried but ultimately failed to land Ekitike on the winter deadline day. While there was reported interest in Calvert-Lewin, his injury woes made a winter move very unlikely.
Edwards believes the pursuit of Ekitike will end in success. He is reporting the 19-year-old is expected to join this summer. Reims’ president Jean-Pierre Caillot recently declared Ekitike would be allowed to leave this summer.
The young Frenchman has been sidelined since February with a hamstring injury. However, he rose to stardom during the first half of the campaign with 8 goals by the end of December. He would be an outstanding addition.
As for Calvert-Lewin, Edwards is reporting the 25-year-old is keen to come to Tyneside. However, the task will be in convincing Everton to part ways with their striker.
While he has had a terrible time with injuries this term, he was one of the league’s best in front of the net last season when he bagged 21 goals in all competitions. He has been limited to just 14 league appearances and 3 goals this time around.
It’s been a lost season for the England international and a nightmarish one for Toffee fans. Everton have been in an unforeseen relegation battle since the turn of the year but may have rounded the corner with 7 points over their last three matches.
Calvert-Lewin will have three years remaining on his contract this summer so it will take a large fee to land him. He would be an excellent signing and provide Newcastle with plenty of options upfront along with Wilson, Chris Wood, and hopefully Ekitike.