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According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United like Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 

Who wouldn’t? We’re talking about an England international who’s arguably the best header of a ball in the Premier League, a spring-heeled centre-forward who scored a career-best 21 goals last season. 

He’s young too, at just 24.

And with Newcastle’s new owners expected to prioritise young, hungry, up-and-coming players with plenty of potential, the home-grown, Premier League-proven Calvert-Lewin ticks all the boxes. 

Did we mention he’s scored five goals in eight games against Newcastle too? If you can’t beat them, sign them – the Ryan Taylor approach.

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But while there are plenty of reasons why Newcastle would love to sign Calvert-Lewin, far more suggest this latest transfer rumour may be little more than, well, a rumour.  

Would Dominic Calvert-Lewin leave Everton for Newcastle United?

For one, Everton are under no pressure to cash in having tied Calvert-Lewin down to a five-year deal in March 2020.  

Furthermore, Newcastle are expected to be limited to a spend of about £50 million during the upcoming transfer window (Telegraph).

The war chest available to Steve Bruce’s replacement – whoever that may be – will increase in time but, with so many positions in need of reinforcement, it seems highly unlikely the Magpies would invest a figure in the region of £80 million in a single player. 

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According to Goal, any deal to lure Calvert-Lewin from Everton would make him one of the most expensive players in the history of the Premier League. 

And that’s without mentioning the fact the Toffees – now under the stewardship of former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez – are 11 places and 11 points ahead of the Magpies in the league table. 

We can’t imagine Benitez would be happy if one of his star players was sold from under his feet just months after taking over at Goodison Park. 

So while there’s rightfully a huge air of optimism hanging over St James’ Park, a dose of realism is required too.

Here’s what some Newcastle fans on Twitter had to say about the Calvert-Lewin rumour:

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