Everton set to cash in on Calvert-Lewin this summer as Arsenal and West Ham loom

The return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin should boost Everton's form

Everton are thought to be keen to cash in on English forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin this summer, which could spark a bidding war between Arsenal and West Ham for his services.

That is according to the Sun, who report that 'the striker’s form has dipped dramatically and he will go when this disappointing campaign ends.'

Arsenal have been interested in the 25 year old previously, and are known to be in the market for a striker this summer. Both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contract at the end of this season, and the pair are expected to both leave for free.

This leaves Folarin Balogun, currently on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough, as the Gunners' only recognised striker.

West Ham, meanwhile, are in desperate need of a replacement for an ageing Michail Antonio, who remains up to the task of leading the Hammers line but cannot do it every game, especially if David Moyes' side are challenging in Europe once more.

The Irons saw a late January bid for Benfica forward Darwin Nunez rejected, as they sought a soltuion. On paper, Calvert Lewin could be that answer, with many of the same characteristics as Antonio.

How much will he cost?

There were reports that DCL could cost as much as 60 million last summer, but the 25 year old has struggled dramatically with form and injury this season, with just three goals to his name in 10 Premier League games.

Additionally, Everton could yet be further hampered in their attempts to hold out for a big bid if they are unable to escape relegation. Currently in 17th place, they have lost 4 of their last five games and even with games in hand, they will be looking over their shoulder nervously.

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Ben Browning

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