The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the deal will hinge on whether the 24-year-old sees the Magpies as on par with the “huge” Merseyside club.
As reported by the Telegraph (October 20th), Calvert-Lewin is on a list of potential targets for Newcastle and is highly regarded by the Tyneside club’s recruitment team.
The report also claims the England international is also being tracked by Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, and an unnamed Bundesliga outfit.
Calvert-Lewin bagged 16 goals in 33 league games last season, establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s top marksmen.
Phillips insisted money will not be an issue for Newcastle, but suggested Everton and Rafa Benitez will be desperate to keep the striker.
“You’d have to pay some serious money for him to be going anywhere,” he told Football Insider.
“There’s no way that Everton will want to let him go. Rafa Benitez, especially, will not want to see him sold to a club he used to manage.
“With the owner, they will have plenty of money – that’s not the issue. But it will cost an awful lot to get him to join.
“It’s just whether Calvert-Lewin sees Newcastle as being a
bigger club than Everton.
“Everton are a huge club – they’re bigger than Newcastle, it’s as simple as that. They’ve got a better history and have won more.
“It’s just whether the player will want to leave, that will be the sticking point.”
Calvert-Lewin has netted three in three in the league this season.
However, he has been sidelined since August with a fractured toe.
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