In an exclusive this past week, The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards reported that Newcastle have identified Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Reims’ Hugo Ekitike as the preferred strikers to bring in this summer.
Calvert-Lewin was briefly linked in January. However, his recent injury woes made him an unrealistic option at the time. If Newcastle can agree a fee in the next window, the 25-year-old would be a superb addition.
The information regarding Ekitike was even more positive. Edwards expects the 19-year-old to join in the summer. Newcastle had come very close to signing him in January before he opted to stay with Reims to finish out the season.
90min is today reporting that Newcastle are very confident a deal for the teenage striker will be reached soon. Newcastle have never wavered in their commitment to bring Ekitike in.
The two clubs have stayed in constant dialogue since the deal broke down. Ekitike is reportedly keen on the move and wants to be part of the project underway at Newcastle United.
The Magpies are trying to get Ekitike in on an initial loan with an obligation to buy to offset any Financial Fair Play concerns. This would be a savvy move as another striker, who could cost big money, will also be brought in.
Calvert-Lewin is currently the one being targeted. Though Benfica’s Darwin Nunez and Flamengo’s Gabriel Barbosa are also on the shortlist. Napoli’s Victor Osimhem is likely far too expensive at this point in Newcastle’s rebuild.