By George Overhill

25th Jan, 2023 | 7:40am

Newcastle have now made an opening bid to sign star Everton winger Anthony Gordon and are pushing to sign him, Fabrizio Romano reports.

Frank Lampard’s sacking on Monday (23 January) has sparked a run on Toffees players with clubs sensing the chance to take advantage of the turmoil at Goodison Park to land Gordon and his fellow 21-year-old Amadou Onana [Telegraph, 23 January].

Luke Edwards reported in The Telegraph on Tuesday afternoon (24 January) that the Magpies were “confident” of landing Gordon, who came close to a move to Chelsea at the end of the summer window, and while manager Eddie Howe isn’t giving anything away it appears negotiations are moving swiftly.

In a post on Twitter in the middle of the night Romano reported: “Newcastle have submitted an opening bid for Anthony Gordon — pushing to get the deal done, all parties are now discussing as @LukeEdwardsTele has reported.

““I can tell you absolutely nothing”, Eddie Howe said about Gordon deal.”

Raid

Gordon hasn’t been anything like the player he was at times last season, or even in the opening weeks of the current campaign, for a while now.

At the close of the summer window, with Richarlison sold and Dominic Calvert-Lewin out injured, he was the stand out attacking star at Everton but has been struggling to start of late.

Even so, this month was supposed to see the squad added to for the fight against relegation so unless the money brought in for Gordon is earmarked for an immediate turnaround to sign reinforcements this will leave the side weaker for whoever comes in at manager.

The regression in his form is perhaps not a shock given his age and the circumstances he has been playing in, but a hefty fee might make some sense – provided it can be put to good use.

Losing Richarlison to Tottenham for £60million in the summer has proven to be a major blow since he hasn’t been adequately replaced, and while Gordon is nowhere near the level of the Brazilian star he could command a fee that reaches the best part of that figure.

On paper it might be a deal that works, but if it is done to service whatever cost Farhad Moshiri now has in sacking Lampard and his backroom staff instead of bringing players in it looks like it can only be damaging to Everton’s chances of surviving a second relegation battle.