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Newcastle will most certainly be delving into the market this summer. Manager Eddie Howe has plenty to do to get his squad just right.
And one area that needs particular focus is attack. Only six clubs have scored fewer league goals than the Magpies this season.
Chris Wood was perhaps only a temporary solution to the problem. The injuries to Callum Wilson meanwhile certainly haven’t helped.
Howe then looks set to sign a big-name forward in time for the next campaign. Perhaps wantaway Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is a stretch too far for the Magpies this summer. That was also the case for former Arsenal man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He joined Barcelona after a brief link with Newcastle.
Here are five strikers who the club could target this summer:
Top of the list may just be Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He has also struggled with injuries this season. But his ability when fit is clear to the entire league.
The 25-year-old has 57 goals in 189 appearances for this current club. He will most certainly be on the way out of Goodison if the Toffees are relegated to the Championship.
Gabriel Jesus has enjoyed a fine end to the campaign. But his chances in a Manchester City shirt have been limited. That is because of his talented teammates. There are countless forwards eyeing a starting role under Pep Guardiola.
Erling Haaland will now soon join the mix. A City attacker could, therefore, be shown the exit door. The latest reports suggest that that player could be Jesus. His signature would send shockwaves of excitement throughout Newcastle.
While Jesus would be a huge statement of intent, Benfica striker Darwin Nunez would undoubtedly create more excitement around St James’. Could the Uruguayan be the marquee signing this summer?
His record for the current campaign is simply phenomenal. The 22-year-old hit 34 goals in all competitions. Six of those came in the Champions League. One can only imagine the impact he would have in the Premier League.
There are, of course, further options closer to home. Newcastle need only look down the table to find Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis. The Nigerian is in double figures for goals this season.
Dennis can also play on the wing. Such versatility would be welcomed with open arms by Howe. It may not be a big name, but he is a striker who knows where the net is. Newcastle fans will, however, much prefer the likes of Nunez or Jesus.
Brighton’s Neal Maupay is a similar option. He only has eight goals this season, but again is a forward who can score goals. His Premier League experience would also help the Magpies when the going gets tough.
Maupay’s chances in the starting XI have certainly dried up in the last couple of matches. And they will be even rarer next year. Union Saint-Gilloise hitman Deniz Undav is set to arrive this summer.
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