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Arsenal receive transfer blow

Arsenal and Newcastle have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Everton manager Frank Lampard has now insisted the England international is in his long-term plans.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Brentford, he said: “He’s a fantastic striker, the striker pedigree that there isn’t much of. is unfortunate for me, I think, that I haven’t had it in shape.

“He had small moments but we know that forwards – especially out of any position – need a series of games, fitness and confidence.

“We were never able to get that for Dominic to be fair to him. But yeah, he’s a huge player, they’re not very common. He’s under contract with us, he has three years left on his contract, and I want to take this striker from the club and players like Dominic contribute to that.

“I know he didn’t play by the minute because he was getting fit, but now he’s fit so hopefully he contributes in the last games for the rookies and then he’ll be our player.

“He is a player who would be sought after by clubs because of his level as a player.

“There aren’t many strikers there, they cost a lot of money. I’m not worried about him at all.”


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