By George Overhill

30th Jan, 2023 | 1:40pm

Everton cash from Newcastle for Anthony Gordon worries Southampton in Kamaldeen Sulemana race

Everton can now gazump their relegation rivals in the transfer market as they chase Kamaldeen Sulemana and eye Che Adams, according to talkSPORT.

Anthony Gordon’s move to Newcastle has secured north of £40million [Sky Sports, 29 January] which Sean Dyche needs to strengthen his squad in the final two days of the window.

And it looks like it will be available as Alex Crook writes in his Monday transfer notebook (30 January) that it is “proving a headache” for the likes of Southampton as Everton look to pull of “a number of late deals”.

“Teams competing with Everton to stay up fear the Gordon cash, £40m of which was paid by Newcastle up front, makes them vulnerable to being gazumped by the Merseysiders,” he writes.

The Saints were competing for Kamaldeen Sulemana, but with his value reportedly £30million and the Toffees now in the running they may have to back out of the race.

Another player Everton like is Che Adams, who Crook says the club are “long-term admirers” of and would “be open to securing his services if the opportunity arose”.

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That looks unlikely though with Nathan Jones dismissing the possibility when he spoke to the media earlier on Monday.


Gordon has left the club a much more unpopular figure than he was just a few months ago, but if his departure has actually put Everton in a position of strength in the market for once it would be a decent parting gift.

£40million up front is a game-changer for a club in the Toffees’ position, and looks to have already had an effect on Southampton in the Sulemana race.

The winger already has 15 caps for Ghana at the age of 20 so looks like he might represent an attractive option to replace the departed academy product.

But Dyche is sure to need more than one arrival, given the squad even with Gordon in it was languishing in the relegation zone, so spending £30million on the Rennes player would reduce further options.

Adams appears to be off limits, and another striker is sure to be on the shopping list, so if a reasonable payment structure could be agreed for a Sulemana deal and a striker sourced on top it could be a decent trade off to have sacrificed Gordon to the North East.

The final day is sure to be key as for the second season running Everton head for deadline day with a new manager scrambling to get his squad augmented.