There is a report in Sky Sports today that Newcastle are in a shock move for Everton’s young England star Dan Gosling.
Dan Gosling – Magpies in shock move for Everton youngster
And we’ve only just seen the exciting news, after helping to report Germany’s crushing 4-0 defeat of Argentina for the Daily Telegraph – at least England scored one – or was it two goals we scored against the Germans. 😀
It turns out that Everton may lose their highly rated 20 year-old central midfield player on a free transfer this summer, due to what looks like a contract dispute or contract misunderstanding.
Sky Sports is reporting the Premier League have been asked to come up with a ruling, after the England Under 21 International was not given a new contract offer in writing by the Everton club, presumably before his current contract ran out.
However, Everton claim they offered Gosling a wage raise verbally, but nothing seems to have been sent to him in hard copy form by the due date, which would have been last Wednesday, June 30th – the last day of his previous contract.
And that could mean the player is now a free agent and be available for nothing – but if that’s the case watch other clubs move like greased lightning for this player.
Dan has played for every England Youth team since he was 16 and Everton will not want to lose the player, and we’d be surprised if they do lose him, because of what appears to be a technicality that could make him a free agent.
But the thing that is very interesting about this news is that Gosling must be bringing this action against the Everton club, because if everything was OK with the Everton contract, surely Dan would just sign it – even though it may have been late.
Dan’s actions suggests to us that another club has already talked to the youngster and maybe offered him a much better contract then Everton were offering him, and Dan is keen to accept that offer – which we have to hope is from Newcastle.
The news has obviously alerted a number of top clubs and newly-promoted Newcastle United are said specifically by Sky Sports to be one of those clubs – with no identification of any other specifically interested clubs – which could be good news.
The 5’10” central midfielder, who can play in many positions like central midfield, right midfield or right full-back, has so far 58 first class appearances to his name, and was sent out on loan to Plymouth Argyle in successive seasons from 2006, and appeared 24 times there with two goals during that time.
The Brixham-born (Devon) England U21 International has been playing with the Everton first team since 2008, as he further develops his game, and he has made 34 appearances for the Toffees since then with six goals.
Sky Sports is rightly reporting that since Newcastle do not have much money to spend in this summer’s transfer window, getting a top youngster like Gosling to Tyneside for nothing would be a major coup.
However, when a player is still under 23, and leaves his club, then that club is due compensation for the player, which is the case with Cardiff City’s 22 year-old Joe Ledley – so we can hardly believe Dan would be completely free.
And after fully understanding this Dan Gosling news, we changed the initial headline from “shock move” to “sensational move” and we don’t use that word too much on this web-site.
But it would truly be that kind of move, if the Newcastle club can pull this one off.