The Tyneside club’s interest seems to have cooled a bit due to the player’s price tag, but O’Rourke is not ruling out anything yet – and it could be switch on top of Sven Botman with a deal edging closer on Friday.
What is the latest news involving Calvert-Lewin?
Newcastle want to sign Calvert-Lewin this summer but have hit a major stumbling block.
As per The Telegraph, they were told by Everton that the England international will cost them £60m, a fee the Magpies are unwilling to pay.
There is also thought to be interest in Brentford’s Ivan Toney, but again, with the west London club demanding similar money to what Everton want for Calvert-Lewin, Newcastle have taken a step back.
With Calvert-Lewin and Toney being the first-choice No.9s at their respective clubs, though, the above is not too much of a surprise.
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What has O’Rourke said about Calvert-Lewin to Newcastle?
O’Rourke does not think Eddie Howe’s pursuit of Calvert-Lewin is over yet, largely because he is a player who has been on his radar since January.
When asked if Newcastle could make a move for the 25-year-old towards the end of the window, the journalist told GIVEMESPORT: “I wouldn’t rule it out. He has been someone who’s been on their wish list now for the last couple of transfer windows.
“They were interested in January and they’re still interested in this summer transfer window as well. Calvert-Lewin endured a disappointing season last season due to injuries. He missed quite a few games, but I think on his day, he’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League.”
Why have Everton slapped a £60m price tag on Calvert-Lewin?
As already mentioned, he is the Toffees’ first-choice striker. Last season did not go too well for him because of his injury problems, but when he is fit, Calvert-Lewin is a very capable No.9 at this level.
Aerially, he is also very good. Speaking about his heading ability a couple of years ago, former Chelsea player Olivier Giroud said: “Crossing is still very important so you have to be ready to hit the ball with the head. Sometimes you don’t have another option.
“It’s still very important, especially in the Premier League. Calvert-Lewin, for example, is doing great in the air, so there are a few [old-fashioned centre-forwards], but not many.”
Ultimately, Calvert-Lewin may not be worth £60m to Newcastle, but you can see why he is valued at that figure by Everton.