Anthony Gordon’s transfer to Newcastle United is under threat of collapse because of Everton demanding £60m, according to The Telegraph.
The Toffees winger has been subject to fresh interest from the Magpies this week and it had been expected that they would be able to seal a deal for around £40m, with the player “desperate” to leave.
But a fresh report on Tuesday (25 January) claims Newcastle will walk away from talks if Everton don’t lower their demands, leaving the winger “trapped” at Goodison Park beyond next week’s deadline.
“Newcastle United will end their interest in Anthony Gordon and leave the winger trapped at Everton if their Premier League rivals do not lower their £60 million asking price,” they wrote.
“Gordon is desperate to make the move to Tyneside and personal terms will not be a problem, but Everton have put an inflated asking price on the player’s head in the hope of extracting as much money as possible out of Newcastle.
“That fee seems to be based on the £60 million Chelsea were willing to pay for the Academy graduate last summer but Telegraph Sport understands that Newcastle representatives have made it clear to Everton they will not pay that amount. The ball is now in the Merseyside club’s court.”
Whether that is directed at Anthony Gordon or at Newcastle doesn’t matter, but the point being made is that Everton don’t need to drop their demands.
We’re in a position currently where any outcome helps us out one way or another with the relegation battle we’re currently in, and that’s important in negotiations.
If we keep Gordon, then we’ve got a clearly talented player in the squad for the rest of this season where we need to battle against relegation again and we saw how important he was last season in that battle.
If we sell him, it means we’re getting in big money for a player who doesn’t really want to be here anymore and that will help towards strengthening the rest of the squad and easing the financial burden.
So it’s Newcastle who have to make the decision on whether to go ahead with this or not. Everton have set their terms, and it’s on Newcastle to pay up or shut up now.