NEWCASTLE are interested in Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin – with Eddie Howe eyeing a £35m move.
The Toffees striker has had a torrid season, scoring just once as he battles a number of niggling injuries.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has struggled to keep fit at Everton this seasonGetty
Frank Lampard’s side – who are 19th in the Premier League – are struggling on and off the pitch amid a fan mutiny.
And SunSport understands Everton are bracing themselves for bids for their star England striker.
Newcastle would want the 25-year-old this month but would be willing to wait until the summer if a deal can’t be reached.
And a space in the squad for a striker could open up at St James’ Park with Chris Wood a target for Nottingham Forest.
A source said: “Calvert-Lewin is at right at the top of the list of targets Newcastle have.
“They were interested in him last summer, and that interest remains.
“They think he could be a striker that could help take them to the next level both in the league, and in Europe.”
Calvert-Lewin has already missed nine games this season as he battles a knee injury.
However, he is back and trying to get Everton out of their on-field crisis as their season implodes.
Meanwhile, Lampard is understood to have told the Toffees board he must keep his top players if they want to stay up.
There is interest in Jordan Pickford and Anthony Gordon alongside Calvert-Lewin during this window.
All three are expected to quit the club if they were to be relegated to the Championship.
That moved a step closer on Saturday after a shocking 2-1 defeat at home to Southampton.