The £35m striker top of Newcastle United’s transfer list to replace Chris Wood

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Interest in one long-term target could be revisited as United look to replace the New Zealand international.

Newcastle United have reportedly put Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin ‘at the top of their list’ to replace Chris Wood.

The New Zealand international brought an end to his one-year stay on Tyneside when he completed a loan move to Premier League rivals Nottingham Forest on Friday afternoon. That deal will be converted into a £15m permanent switch at the end of the season if certain triggers in the agreement are met.

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Speaking after the deal was confirmed, Magpies manager Eddie Howe looked to the future and a possible replacement for Wood, saying: “I don’t think we will replace Chris with another Chris if that makes sense. That type of player I don’t think is in the market. He was what we needed at this time last year. He was a focal point for us and enabled us to play in a way to take the pressure off players. We aren’t necessarily looking for that type of player but we will see what we can do.”

A number of possible replacements have already been linked with a move to St James Park, with The Sun suggesting £35m-rated England star Calvert-Lewin has been made a priority by the United hierarchy. Initially linked with a move to Tyneside during the summer, the 25-year-old is said to be a long-term target for the Magpies, despite struggling with injury and form during the current season.

A knee injury has limited Calvert-Lewin just ten appearances in all competitions and his only goal of the campaign came in a 3-0 home win against Crystal Palace in October. Despite his lack of game-time and his own side’s struggles, the striker remains a key player for Frank Lampard, who is said to have told the Toffees board they must retain the services of Calvert-Lewin and former Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford if they are to mount a successful battle against relegation.

However, the report has stated Newcastle believe the striker can ‘take them to the next level’, with a source saying: “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.”

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