Journalist Paul Brown has claimed that Everton have been trying to hand Anthony Gordon a new contract for ‘a long time’ now.
Over the summer, the winger’s future was subject to plenty of speculation. Indeed, at one stage, it looked as though he would be leaving Goodison Park.
Chelsea were the side most heavily linked with a move for Gordon as the Blues made an initial bid of around £40m which was rejected by the Toffees, while there was also talk of a possible £60m approach, but he ended up staying put.
At the time, it was reported that the Englishman had his heart set on an exit and had even gone as far as making this known to manager Frank Lampard.
And while the move was a possibility, it seems as though Everton were also keen on keeping him at the club, as they were ready to hand him a new contract regardless of the interest in the 21-year-old.
Brown said as much to GiveMeSport, explaining: “Everton have been ready to hand Anthony Gordon a new long-term contract for a long time. It was not PR that he was refusing to sign one and it wasn’t just the club telling people that Anthony Gordon was interested in a move to Spurs or Chelsea and that he wouldn’t sign a new contract.”
TIF Thoughts on Anthony Gordon and Everton…
According to The Sun, Gordon signed a five-year contract back in 2020 worth £10k a week, but the Toffees will now offer him a pay rise that could see his wages rise to £60k per week.
If that offer has been on the table for some time, it could be concerning to the club that their key man has yet to agree to these new terms.