By Declan Walsh

31st May, 2022 | 8:46pm

Alisher Usmanov issue at Everton could mean Dominic Calvert-Lewin sale is forced

By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

Everton face an uphill battle to keep England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin with Saudi-backed Newcastle eyeing up a transfer, according to The Mirror.

The newspaper reported on 31 May that Newcastle are ready to test Everton’s resolve to keep their star striker.

According to northern football correspondent David Maddock, the North-East club have named the England international as the ideal man to continue their development.

It is understood that Everton may be forced to sell Calvert-Lewin due to the major financial issues at Goodison Park.

Everton have suffered record losses worth up to £250million over the last two seasons and seen “chief backer” Alisher Usmanov “blacklisted by the British government”.

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Calvert-Lewin recently opened up about the difficulties he has had this season on social media and spoke about his excitement for the new season.

He said: “Finishing the season on a high meant everything to me.

“Enjoy the break Toffee fans, you deserve it.”

Would be a great signing

Calvert Lewin, who joined Everton in 2016 from Sheffield United for £1.5million, has become a star Premier League striker.

Despite his most recent campaign being riddled by injuries, he has averaged 11.5 league goals for the last three seasons and has proved he can be a reliable goal scorer.

He missed 16 games this season with a toe injury limiting him to only 17 league games this season.

He is a player of a similar ilk to Newcastle striker, Chris Wood with their aerial threat being deadly to many defences.

However, he is more mobile than the New Zealand international, and much better hold-up play and is a more effective presser from the front.

If he can stay fit, he would allow Newcastle to dominate games while offering an outlet and an athletic presence up front.

If the Magpies could pull this off, it would be a great transfer and a step in the right direction for the club who will soon begin to have European ambitions.

In other Everton news, Richard Dunne believes there is an “overload” of players not up to “the standard of Everton”.

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