Newcastle United’s pursuit of Anthony Gordon looks like it could be shortlived.
The Daily Mail reported earlier that the Magpies ‘admired’ the 21-year-old, then it emerged that Eddie Howe’s side had made contact with Everton.
A fee of £35million fee was mentioned, which would have made him one of Newcastle’s most expensive signings ever.
However, it looks like Dan Ashworth and co will have to take their search for a winger elsewhere.
Everton’s stance on selling Anthony Gordon
According to the Athletic, Everton do not want to sell Gordon this summer. They state that he is a big part of Frank Lampard’s plans, and that the Toffees manager is ‘vehemently’ against selling him.
Newcastle are one of multiple Premier League clubs to show an interest in Gordon, with Tottenham another possible destination.
However, it looks like he will be staying at Goodison Park. And they hope it will be for a long time.
The Athletic add that Everton want to give Gordon a new contract, although this was planned for a while rather than in response to Newcastle’s interest.
It’s no surprise that Lampard wants to keep the youngster. He was one of their best players last season, not that there was a lot of competition.
Gordon was a star in a poor Everton team that very nearly got relegated. Dropping into the Championship might have given Newcastle a better chance at signing the wide midfielder, but instead he will remain in the Premier League.
The Magpies will look elsewhere, even if a move for Gordon never felt likely. He’s an important player for Lampard, a local lad who must love playing for Everton. And with Richarlison leaving to join Tottenham, Everton’s need to sell has lessened.
As for Newcastle, we have other attacking targets who are more exciting such as Moussa Diaby.
He was an interesting target and could have had a bright future at St James’ Park. However, Everton don’t want to sell Gordon.