According to journalist Ben Jacobs, Anthony Gordon was a target for Newcastle United – but was never a realistic signing.
Newcastle were looking to bring in the young English winger, but after Everton sold their star man Richarlison, they were always going to find it hard getting the Toffees to sell.
However, while they had a genuine interest in bringing Gordon in, Jacobs has revealed that the player was never going to be a realistic signing for the Tyneside club and they had no chance to secure his services.
Jacobs told NUFC Matters: “The player that Newcastle probably would have liked originally was Anthony Gordon from Everton, and there was never a realistic chance of making that transfer happen.”
TIF Thoughts on Jacobs’ comments…
Interestingly, Alan Shearer has previously said that Gordon has a ‘fearless attitude’.
It is well known that Everton have serious financial problems after their frivolous spending in recent years, which has resulted in a number of underwhelming and frankly inadequate players coming through the door.
As a result of this, they now need to sell some key assets in order to sign new players and stay within the laws of Financial Fair Play. So far this summer, they have started this by moving on from Richarlison, who led the team in scoring last season by selling him to Spurs for £60m.
While they will need to keep moving players on in order to sell, with star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin linked to a departure, selling Gordon would have been huge and may have risked upsetting the fans and their manager, which will have made them reluctant to do so.
Therefore, we can see how Newcastle never seemed likely to pull a deal off.
Gordon has shown himself to be a promising talent in the Premier League after bagging four goals and three assists in his maiden campaign. Newcastle reportedly offered £35m for the 21-year-old, but Everton are keen to work out a new deal for the player and keep him at the club moving forward. This one might be a step too far for Everton, despite needing to sell.