According to journalist Dean Jones, Everton could still lose their starlet winger Anthony Gordon before the deadline on Thursday night as his potential suitors have ‘one more trick up their sleeve’.
After losing star player Richarlison earlier in the window, they have been fighting off suitors for their youngster Gordon, who has impressed over the last two seasons and helped Everton secure their survival last season.
One team who have been the closest to signing the 21-year-old is Chelsea, who had a £45m bid rejected before tabling an offer of £60m including add-ons to prise the player away. However, both so far have been unsuccessful, but according to Jones, they could come in for another bid before the deadline.
Jones told the Ranks FC podcast: “I was told Chelsea still have one more trick up their sleeve, they want to still go for Gordon. And they’ve got one more trick that they’re going to try to get him into Chelsea, so we’ll wait and see what happens.
“I think the trick is probably more like offer [Armando] Broja on deadline day. I think that’s probably the trick.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
The Toffees will be gutted to lose a homegrown talent like Gordon so close to the end of the window if they do end up accepting a potential offer. But considering they could end up getting a significant fee plus a player like Broja in return, it could be an offer too good to turn down.
While Gordon has been important to them so far this season, picking up two goals in their first five games, they are in need of a striker with Dominic Calvert-Lewin out to injury. Broja would be a great addition to the position after his successful loan spell at Southampton last season where he proved he can score in the top flight.
It will be very difficult for them to use the money before the end of the window if they do sell, but it will give them a huge boost ahead of next summer when they can address his permanent replacement.
It is also hard to argue that Gordon is actually worth what they are demanding, while he is just 21, he has only managed six goals and eight assists in his 65 appearances, with a few of them coming as deflections. This deal is a no-brainer for Everton if they can get it done.
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