One of Eddie Howe’s primary objectives this transfer window is to add goals to his squad. This has proven to be a difficult proposition in the early stages of the window as quotes for top targets have proven restrictive.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was identified early as the preferred striker. Everton basically put a not-for-sale sign on the striker during initial contact. It would cost in excess of £50m to pry him from Goodison.
Backup option Ivan Toney, who Newcastle sold for under £1m four years ago, has a similar price tag. Brentford quoted £50m for the 26-year-old to return to St. James’ Park.
A couple of other options have been named in reports today. Mark Douglas, with i news, is reporting that Chelsea’s Armando Broja is being monitored. The 20-year-old had an impressive spell on loan last season at Southampton.
West Ham are reportedly preparing a bid for the Albanian. The Hammers have just added center-back Nayef Aguerd from Rennes for £30m. It would take around that amount to land Broja. That seems like a very steep fee considering an agreement for Hugo Ekitike is around £26m.
Chris Waugh, in his latest for The Athletic, has revealed that Newcastle have watched Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin. The 24-year-old bagged 20 goals in all competitions last season. He managed just 5 during an injury-plagued loan spell in the German capital the season before.
Awoniyi joined Liverpool in 2015 but never made an appearance for the Reds. He’s spent the majority of the past six seasons on various loan spells throughout Europe. Union Berlin brought him in permanently last summer for £6.5m.
As with Broja, Newcastle would have to act fast as Nottingham Forest are close to reaching a club-record £17.5m fee for the Nigerian. Forest are also close to landing goalkeeper Dean Henderson of Manchester United.