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Anthony Gordon could leave Everton as early as January and discussions will be under way already for the move, says Kevin Campbell.
With the Toffees winger still yet to sign his new contract offer at Goodison after sustained attempts from Chelsea to sign him before the transfer window shut, the prospect of the deal being revisited keeps growing.
Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes that if Everton had been able to buy a replacement the homegrown star would have already gone, so as long as Frank Lampard gets assurances he can reinvest the money to bring someone in the deal remains on the cards.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News on whether the deal is off the table at least until next summer he said: “Not necessarily. I think the parties will be speaking, and probably because if the deal was done when it was supposed to be done Everton couldn’t get who they wanted in.
“So it’s great having the money burning a hole in your pocket but if you can’t actually spend it to strengthen then you are losing somebody quite prominent in your team who’s stepped up to the plate and scored a couple of goals, played pretty well.
“Losing him and just having the money and nobody else on the pitch, that doesn’t make sense.
“If Anthony Gordon isn’t going to sign, and he wants to go, then I’m sure there’s a deal to be done there.
“I don’t think anyone is arguing the fact that it’s great money, we wish him well, and the deal is to be done, because everyone’s got a price whether we like it or not.
“The fact of the matter is Frank Lampard needs to know, if I’m going to sell this young lad I need to be bringing in people who can really help with the job.
“That’s that. If you can’t bring the people in then it’s difficult to do the deal.”
Gordon is believed to have been interested in the move to Stamford Bridge, but his connection to the club meant he didn’t actively push to leave.
He recently told the Evening Standard (29 September) that he wasn’t “desperate” to go and is not “devastated” to still be at Goodison, and his form despite the speculation backs that up.
But while that is no doubt true since Everton is his boyhood club, that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t be happy to move to a Champions League club as long as it worked from the Toffees end too, so if a replacement can be lined up and the money on offer is still substantial there seems every chance this still happens in the next couple of windows.