There was good news for Newcastle fans yesterday, and what must be very frustrating news for Everton fans.
Dan Gosling – now officially a free agent
As we reported very early this morning the Premier League have come out on the side of Dan Gosling in the contract argument between Dan Gosling and the Merseyside club.
They adjudicated the argument and have agreed that Everton have not made a written offer to the player before the mid-May deadline, and therefore since his contract ended last week on 30th June, he has been deemed a free agent – and available for nothing in the transfer market.
Presumably that will even mean that Everton are nor even due compensation for the player, which is usually given to the clubs of free agents who leave under the age of 23.
We think Dan is just one of the players that manager Chris Hughton is surprised has become available this summer – and yes it is a surprise and the Everton club must be kicking themselves – so to speak.
Now the race is on to to get Dan Golsing, and of course he can expect a much better contract elsewhere than was offered to him, but only verbally, by the Everton club.
This is a wonderful chance for Newcastle to show they have pulling power for young players, but the news is that West Ham United and Sunderland are already interested, and the number of clubs trying to sign the England U21 International may rise significantly in the next day or two.
That means if Newcastle are going to make a deal with the player they should do it quickly, but we hardly believe Newcastle’s offer will be the best one made – but it will be a good one.
But Newcastle don’t want players to come to Tyneside any more just for the money, so if Dan does arrive at Newcastle, it will be largely because he wants to come to play for the Newcastle United club, and that’s what we want to see from all our incoming players this summer.
Dan has played 34 times for Everton over the last two seasons with 6 goals, and before that was on loan at Plymouth Argyle where he played 24 times with 2 goals.
His best days are still ahead of him, and he is exactly the type of player Newcastle want to sign at the club.
He suffered a bad ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury at the end of March, and is currently recuperating from that serious injury.
It usually takes at least six months for footballers to recover from an ACL, which just 20 years ago would have ended a player’s career.
We are keeping our fingers tightly crossed that Newcastle can get this player on Tyneside – and fairly imminently.