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Newcastle Have Identified Two Strikers To Target This Summer



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.

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81 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 12, 2022 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Stumbled upon that mind 😀

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  • Mund

    May 12, 2022 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Well this stat went from being the worst to the best 😎

    The Eddie Howe Effect

    TheOther14
    @Other14The
    ·
    1m
    Points gained coming from behind from TheOther14 teams in the #PL season so far.
    @Other14The

    @NUFC
    and
    @WestHam
    with the most.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FSjrwVUXEAEk19e?format=jpg&name=medium

    2
  • Pottsclock

    May 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #3

    No thank you to Calvert-Lewin

    18
  • Adamn_92

    May 12, 2022 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Being a football journalist who covers transfer news must honestly be the easiest job going. You can just claim a team are ‘interested’ or ‘looking into’ signing a player. Don’t need any evidence or proof, doesn’t matter if it happens or not, as you can just claim they were interested but decided not to. But if it happens you look like you’re in the know. No matter what you put out some fans will always believe it. Can’t think of many easier jobs!

    16
  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Mund from previous

    all click bait mate it will be never ending till the window shuts

    2
  • Mund

    May 12, 2022 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Tom

    It will be 10x worse than January mate but what’s different now is we know no matter who we get linked to we will bring in plenty of quality this summer to take us up the table and be a force.

    5
  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #7

    I would really love us to sign a C/F who can take defenders on with skill and pace and who knows when to release the ball when a player is in a better position to score .

    8
  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Mund agree mate .

    we need someone on here to keep count of how many players from now till the window shuts to see how many we get linked with .

    3
  • Mund

    May 12, 2022 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    The links to DCL are apparently true

    Hope we don’t end up signing him 🙁

    9
  • Mund

    May 12, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Hearing Ekitike is a formality

    Now I can get excited about this one but definitely not DCL

    7
  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11

    i still feel as we need a centre midfielder to complement Bruno some one like cabaye or tiote anyone in that mould would do .

    0
  • Mund

    May 12, 2022 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Transfer News Live
    @DeadlineDayLive
    ·
    44s
    West Ham will NOT sell Declan Rice for any price this summer and will hold more talks over extending his contract when the window shuts.

    (Source:
    @SkySportsNews
    )

    4
  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle keen on Schmeichel according to talk sport ( another dodgy link )

    4
  • Wor B

    May 12, 2022 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #14

    From previous on Miggy, I love his heart, smile and commitment, great attitude. Unfortunately, his football skills are not quite good enough to excel in the EPL. I’m pleased he was recognised for that brilliant goal.

    He was bought on the understanding that he could make and score lots of goals with his blistering pace. It was said many in the MLS couldn’t keep up with him as he ran with the ball at his feet. Premier league players are made of different stuff, the sprinters generally only catch you out the once (see Yedlin).

    His work rate and attitude has been exceptional, but like many others in the current squad his future surely lies elsewhere, if not next season, the one after.

    He’ll leave with my thanks and admiration, but if we are to improve, leave he must.

    10
  • Darnik

    May 12, 2022 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Just caught up, happy belated birthday Clint sounds like you had a good but I’m with Bob June is the best month 😉

    2
  • Wor B

    May 12, 2022 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Adam…

    “Can’t think of many easier jobs!”

    Don’t you read Jail’s posts!!!

    😉

    3
  • Adamn_92

    May 12, 2022 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Wor B

    Touché 😉

    1
  • Wor B

    May 12, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Got some new golf balls to lose.

    Laters.

    3
  • Dubai Micky

    May 12, 2022 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Eddie saying “Small steps”, that’s really not the Arab way.

    Thank goodness they only own 80% and can rely on the 20% tempering them a little.

    3
  • JP...from The Rock

    May 12, 2022 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t want DCL here. Talented yes, but injury prone just like Wilson, Danny Ings etc. we don’t need any more players like this. We need strong as an ox players like Joelinton. Nuñez or Osimhen types.

    4
  • Dubai Micky

    May 12, 2022 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Messi, Messi, Messi, Messi!
    Messy, messy, messy, messy…

    2
  • Assassins Inc

    May 12, 2022 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #22

    I do so hope the days of purchasing injured and old players has been hammered out of the club.

    We don’t need to be doing this and the likes of Lewin who every season seems to have some kind of long term injury isn’t the answer or worth the gamble.

    We still don’t really have the main spine of the team and can see Eddie looking at Goalie, Central Defender, Midfielder and Striker.

    Striker position we need two, defense we need two, goalie one and midfielder one. Six total:
    One of the strikers could be a salah type player helping provide and score goals.

    1
  • Adamn_92

    May 12, 2022 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #23

    I really hope we go all out to get in Nunez. He’s a perfect fit for the league, how Howe wants his players to be by pressing high up field, plus he could grow with us for years to come. He would transform us massively!

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  • Assassins Inc

    May 12, 2022 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    If Leeds go down I can see Newcastle going in for Raphinha.

    A reported release clause of £25million is set to come into effect for the Brazil international.
    Yes talks are he’s off to Barca but it’s talk.

    Would love to see the link up play with Raphinha, Bruno, Big Joe, Jesus and Lucas Paqueta.

    Eddie and Amanda talk to our kit people and get a Brazilian looking kit as our away kit.

    One simple thing could open a transfer door.

    3
  • CLINT FLICK

    May 12, 2022 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Lewin, welose, keep him, blues.

    Git hairy na!

    Media trying to sell us scrap.

    Adamn, yea nunez, would be nice.

    Darnik
    Ta mate.
    😉

    3
  • CLINT FLICK

    May 12, 2022 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Kal phil and Raphinha are probably the only two I’d consider from the bottom 5.

    2
  • Ginola's shampoo

    May 12, 2022 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Exciting times! Some sensible and some silly players being linked.

    Is Ekitike a formality? On one hand great, in the other still not happy with him for rejecting us in Jan

    Also being safe can mean we can put the burners onto transfer moves. Could give us a few weeks head start over other teams

    1
  • Darnik

    May 12, 2022 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Take Phillips but Raphinha seems to have a bit of a temperament issue of late or do we think it’s down to frustration?

    2
  • Darnik

    May 12, 2022 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Gs
    He only rejected us as it was last day of the window and he wanted to continue his progression in France

    0
  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 12, 2022 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Come on…on the one hand you think the media are full of crap and on another the signing of Ekitike is a formality? That’s just silly…

    0
  • Toon_Barmy

    May 12, 2022 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Nunez or Jesus YES please. DCL nah thanks. Maybe they are out of our reach just now but time will tell

    3
  • Ginola's shampoo

    May 12, 2022 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Let’s chat about the chances of getting Nunez, my gut says he’ll go to a club in the Champions League over us. But if I analyse where could he go who could afford him?

    – Real M: focused on Mbappe
    – Barca: no money
    – Athletico: not looking at CF I don’t think but maybe, would be Someone type of player
    – Juve: signed Vlahovic, won’t get another
    – Inter and AC: don’t have the funds
    – Napoli: have Osimhem
    – PSG: maybe but haven’t heard of their interest
    – Bayern: don’t think they are looking for a CF right now with Lewandowski around

    Can’t think of another Euro club who could afford him?

    In the Prem
    – M City have 2 shiny CFs now
    – Chelsea still have Lukaku
    – dont think he’d go to play second fiddle to Kane at Spurs
    – For Liverpool not sure he is their type of player, they like winger goalscorers or false 9s, he doesn’t quite fit in those buckets

    – Arsenal: yes and could offer CL (Bruno wanted us though!)
    – Man U: already have Ronaldo/Rashford, wouldn’t necessarily start but I think they have a good chance of getting him
    – West Ham or Wolves or other Prem we should be more attractive than I say arrogantly

    Thoughts? I don’t see a clear competitor who blows us away, but I could see him choosing Arsenal or Man U just because they are ahead of us right now

    2
  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 12, 2022 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #33

    DCL is a 25 year old English striker playing for a club outside of the big 6 and he managed about a goal every 2 games in the previous 2 seasons before struggling with injures this season. He knows the Premier League and would virtually guarantee 15+ goals a season if he’s mostly fit. No idea why anyone would object if we signed him to be honest.

    2
  • Ginola's shampoo

    May 12, 2022 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #34

    TDS fair enough hahahah

    0
  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 12, 2022 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Jesus is virtually the same age but playing for a far superior team and his goal scoring ratio is about the same. Jesus has also regularly benefited from not only world class players creating chances for him but also many of his minutes being as a sub when the opposition might be tiring or playing against weaker opposition as part of squad rotation.

    They’re both good strikers but I don’t see much between them. If it comes down to which would suit us more, it’s whose style of play suits the way Eddie wants to play more.

    0
  • Ginola's shampoo

    May 12, 2022 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #36

    DCL could be interesting and TDS makes some good points. But when I’ve seen him I’ve been underwhelmed, some penalty goals and tap ins type player, and feel he could do more in the build up

    But hey that’s based on the very few games I’ve seen and others would know better

    Depends on the price too, if it’s £50m+ perhaps there are better options. At £40m< could be ok, even if he doesn't make it we'd recoup a big chunk

    3
  • CLINT FLICK

    May 12, 2022 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Shamp’s

    Good reasoning re: nunez.
    He would be a superb fit for us, speaks Portuguese, too.
    Raphinha looks like he’s giving everything to stay in the league, and is frustrated, like Darnik says.

    Still wanna see a twist at the bottom, more interested in that than the top, tbh.

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    May 12, 2022 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Tds

    Lewin as a third option, maybe?
    It’s the ‘ifs’, init?

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    May 12, 2022 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Ginola

    Yea, agreed… uninspiring!
    Doesn’t make it on to my radar!

    0
  • Adamn_92

    May 12, 2022 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #40

    GS

    Good analysis of Nunez potential locations. I think one thing that might work in our favour now were absolutely safe, is selling the project to younger players. Even if it takes us 2-3-4 years to break into the champions league, these younger players can still be part of our first team to see us there and take part. So the project may be more enticing. Of course there will still be players who don’t want to wait, especially if a club already in that position come in for them.

    But now we’re safe 100% I think it can help us a lot to sell the bigger picture.

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