The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old hitman would thrive at the Tyneside club for “seasons to come”.
As reported by The Telegraph (October 20th), Calvert-Lewin is on a list of potential targets for Newcastle and is highly regarded by the club’s recruitment team.
The Toffees ace scored 16 goals in 33 league games last term and secured a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.
Whelan hinted Newcastle could sign “realistic target” Calvert-Lewin in a bid to secure Premier League survival.
“They’ll be looking at players they can get in to strengthen the side,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“They need to add players to stay in the Premier League – that is their main aim.
“Their buy-in will be big next summer. They may have to pay over the odds in January, but it will be worth it to stay in the Premier League.
“Calvert-Lewin is a player who would do well for them. Not just this season but for two, three or four seasons to come when you consider he is an international at a good age.
“He’s at a price tag right now that Newcastle will be able to afford without breaking the bank.
“Calvert-Lewin seems a realistic target – but whether Everton will allow him to leave when they’re in the midst of a rebuild remains to be seen.
“Everton need a player like him, where are they going to get a player to replace him?
“Calvert-Lewin will have the last say on where he goes – there’s a temptation to go to Newcastle with the new owners and the money coming in.”
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