Anthony Gordon looks set to leave Everton for Newcastle with the club to accept a bid on Wednesday, according to Football Transfers.
A run on Toffees stars has developed in the wake of Frank Lampard’s sacking on Monday (23 January) and developments have moved fast with the 21-year-old winger.
Chelsea were also interested in him after coming close to a deal at the end of the summer window, but the Magpies appear to have won the race with big money.
Football Transfers report that Newcastle launched a “formal offer” of €39million [£34million], rising to €56million with add-ons [£49.5million].
The report states: “We have learnt from sources at Finch Farm that the dressing room now expects the player to depart and that Everton are going to give the deal the green light today.”
Gordon will then head to the north-east to complete a medical with person terms not expected to be an issue.
Everton clung onto Gordon as Chelsea put pressure on at the end of the previous window, at a time when he was a crucial part of the team.
He has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard recently, but with the manager gone at the start of the week it looks like the young Merseysider is set to follow him imminently.
It is significant money and the prospect of losing the player in itself may not feel like the blow it was earlier this year, but this is a concerning development for a Toffees side who appear to be in turmoil.
A prime asset leaving a club without a manager, with disputed reports that the club is back up for sale [Guardian, 24 January], while sitting second from bottom of the table won’t instil a sense of confidence in anyone right now.
Especially after the one man who the club appeared to have secured to help fight a relegation battle, Arnaut Danjuma, abandoned his move at the last minute and is due to sign on loan for Tottenham today [Fabrizio Romano, 25 January].
Perhaps this money can help but if it isn’t spent on important additions, especially if a manager isn’t appointed extremely fast, a season that is already spiralling out of control may become a lost cause.