By George Overhill

26th Jan, 2022 | 8:10am

Ryan Taylor reports Dominic Calvert-Lewin is Arsenal target for summer, not January

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will not move to Arsenal during the January transfer window but is being lined up as a key target in the summer, reports Ryan Taylor.

The Athletic reported today that the Gunners were pushing to sign the England forward this month, but the Express journalist does not expect to happen.

The journalist believes the Toffees striker is one of a number of a few options that will be chased in the summer.

Writing on his personal Twitter account he said: “Well documented but Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin & Jonathan David all under consideration for summer when Gunners will target marquee No 9.”

In a subsequent reply to a fan’s question about January he said: “Seems unlikely unless [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang leaves. In which case, [Luka] Jovic loan is a possibility. Big signing planned for summer.”

Hope at Goodison

It never rains, it pours, and it would have been a disaster on top of many disasters if Calvert-Lewin left Goodison at this stage of the season.

His absence has been a key contributor to the bad results of late, and it is hoped that his return will play a big part in the club playing their way out of trouble over the second half of the season.

Perhaps the lack of infrastructure available to facilitate incoming transfers currently, with both a manager and a director of football missing, has had a slightly beneficial impact in making it harder for transfers to be negotiated in the opposite direction.

But it appears that will only kick the can down the road on the this issue, and it will make the performance of the team over the coming months all the more crucial.

The 24-year-old has become a vital player for the Toffees, scoring 36 goals over the previous two campaigns, and him being unavailable for most of this season has been highly damaging.

At this stage of his career he will not want to be featuring in a relegation battle, so if fortunes do not improve drastically he may be looking to take whatever opportunities come along.

The damage may already have been done in that regard, but if the club can keep hold of him at least for the rest of the season they stand a much better chance of changing their fortunes.

In other Everton news, this PL manager has flown to meet the club’s owner amid interest in a Toffees star.