Newcastle United recommended Premier League striker

Nicos Dabizas has revealed his “first option” for Newcastle United in the summer transfer market.

The club is looking to sign a striker in the summer window – and is “close” to agreeing personal terms with Stade de Reims’ Hugo Ekitike.

However, ex-Newcastle defender Dabizas, speaking to Betarades, suggested Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the ideal recruit, though the 25-year-old would reportedly cost upwards of £60million.

“Calvert-Lewin’s a very athletic – and very fit,” said Dabizas. "His ability to adapt to English rhythm’s there. I think he would be a first option from my point of view."

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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Eddie Howe – who will allow Dwight Gayle to leave St James’s Park in the window – wants a player to compete with Callum Wilson and Chris Wood for a place up front.

“Wilson’s a key player, but Newcastle also need a striker who can score 20-plus goals. Of course, he’s one of the key players. The fans have a great relationship with him, and if you are about to improve as a squad, you always need a big squad to achieve better results in the future.

"Newcastle have to find a striker that can score 20 goals throughout the season. If you are about to be successful as a club, you have to find that kind of player.

"And, of course, Wilson can contribute, but if someone comes, I think this competition between the players will benefit both of the players – and obviously the club.

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"You can always need like at least three strikers in your roster for a very competitive season like the Premier League."