According to The Telegraph, the Magpies are planning a bid to sign the England centre-forward – who was valued at £60m in January – as Dan Ashworth looks to make his first moves as the Tyneside club’s sporting director.
However, the report claims that the Toffees do not want to sell to a direct Premier League rival, which could complicate negotiations.
The Magpies head coach can land his own Ronaldo by working with Ashworth to convince the England international to make the switch to St James’ Park in the coming months.
Richarlison previously compared the 25-year-old’s aerial ability to that of the Portuguese legend as he praised his Blues teammate. The Brazilian said: “He’s had a superb start to the season and without doubt deserved his England call-up. He must be a nightmare to play against and he has an incredible leap on him like Cristiano Ronaldo.”
John Ebbrell, the Everton academy coach who previously worked with Calvert-Lewin, has also lauded the striker’s ability in the air as “prodigious”. This is reflected in the 25-year-old’s statistics, as 19 of his 45 Premier League goals have come via his head, along with 20 right-footed strikes and five with his left foot.
In fact, he has eight more headed goals in the English top-flight than Ronaldo (11) has for United. This suggests that the Toffees striker may be a bigger threat in the air than the former Real Madrid sensation, and this means that he can be a target for Newcastle to try and pick out in the penalty box.
Howe would have a player he can trust to get on the end of crosses, and this means that he can build his team around the target man. The 44-year-old will know that he can deploy his wingers and full-backs with the aim of creating overloads out wide to deliver balls into the box, knowing that Calvert-Lewin has the quality to finish the chances they create.
The England international is a proven Premier League scorer, as shown by the aforementioned statistics, and he would be a long-term signing as he still has plenty of years left to give at the age of 25.
Hopefully the Tyneside club can now strike a deal for Calvert-Lewin and the Magpies will have their own version of Cristiano Ronaldo leaping high to win headers in the opposition penalty box next season…