By Noel Whelan

25th Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Newcastle could sign 'tempted' Calvert-Lewin in January after Telegraph update - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Newcastle could “pay over the odds” for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin in January.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old hitman would thrive at the Tyneside club for “seasons to come”.

As reported by The Telegraph (October 20th), Calvert-Lewin is on a list of potential targets for Newcastle and is highly regarded by the club’s recruitment team.

The Toffees ace scored 16 goals in 33 league games last term and secured a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.

Whelan hinted Newcastle could sign “realistic target” Calvert-Lewin in a bid to secure Premier League survival.

“They’ll be looking at players they can get in to strengthen the side,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

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“They need to add players to stay in the Premier League – that is their main aim.

“Their buy-in will be big next summer. They may have to pay over the odds in January, but it will be worth it to stay in the Premier League.

“Calvert-Lewin is a player who would do well for them. Not just this season but for two, three or four seasons to come when you consider he is an international at a good age.

“He’s at a price tag right now that Newcastle will be able to afford without breaking the bank.

“Calvert-Lewin seems a realistic target – but whether Everton will allow him to leave when they’re in the midst of a rebuild remains to be seen.

“Everton need a player like him, where are they going to get a player to replace him?

“Calvert-Lewin will have the last say on where he goes – there’s a temptation to go to Newcastle with the new owners and the money coming in.”

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