Premier League Rules Against Everton – Gosling A Free Agent

News today that England Under-21 player Dan Gosling has become a free agent, after the English Premier League ruled the 20 year-old was free to leave Everton, following an administrative error by the club – a costly one.

Dan Gosling – yes I’m leaving Everton!

Gosling’s contract ran out last week on June 30th, and the player argued that he could leave at the end of his contract without any fee, because his club had failed to offer him a new contract in writing by the due date in May.

The Premier League was asked to – and did carry out a full inquiry – with statements being collected from both Gosling’s agents and the Everton club, and yesterday decided in the player’s favot, and he is now allowed to leave Everton on a free transfer.

This is a rather embarrassing paperwork blunder by the Everton club, to say the least.  Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright had indeed made a verbal offer but had not put that offer in writing by a mid-May checkpoint.

The Daily Mirror is reporting today the Merseyside club could have made around £4M at a tribunal, if Gosling had joined a Premier League club.

Dan is still recovering from knee ligament surgery he has in late March, and will be out until maybe November, but any club can now contact the player and negotiate terms.

Newcastle United – where are you?

Sunderland and West Ham are also expected to be in for the player.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Jul 7, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #1

    he will go to sunderland or spurs

  • gunnarnufc

    Jul 7, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s not going to join us. He’ll probably join Spurs and rot on the bench. But hey, I’m a negative person, don’t listen to me. But it really helps if you are a NUFC fan as it means you are right 95% of the time and not constantly let down.

    Ice cold and realistic regards from Iceland,

  • StuW

    Jul 7, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #3

    CH needs to call yesterday, rarely does a player of such potential come up for free, or even 4m.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 7, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #4

    From what i’ve seen he isnt going to be a world superstar but he is a dam good player. The sort of player that could play at a high level for the next 12 years.

    so come on ashley, throw a nice wage in front of him. And 4 million tribunal, thats pittance anyway to what he could be worth in a few years.

  • Thump

    Jul 7, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Agreed. I’d be happy to sign him now and watch the lad sit out a season – he’ll be worth a lot once he’s sorted his knee out.

  • Tom

    Jul 7, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    We should absolutely be looking to sign players like this. Even if he is out till Christmas, it would still be a great signing, and would showcase the ambition of the club.

  • Vest

    Jul 7, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #7

    But does it mean, that we don’t have to pay a compensation fee for him? For training etc.?

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 7, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #8

    DREAM: By the time Xmas comes we’lll be looking for more loan signings to help with our traditional winter injury crisis. So treat Gosling as an early pressie, you know it makes sense.

    REALITY: Of course Cashley won’t because we have just invested in that world renowned defender Jamie Perch instead.

    CONCLUSION: Will someone wake up at NUFC HQ! You CAN play mediocre Prem players in the Fizzy as it makes them look good for once (hence our 100 plus points), BUT you CAN’T play mediocre fizzy players in the Prem or they will be utterly humiliated by the foreign contingent who CAN control with one touch and DO know how to be in the right place at the right time.

    ‘Half a league, half a league, half a league onward……..’ or will that now be downward?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 7, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Other players available on a free we should look at…

    William Gallas
    Juliano Belletti

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 7, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    and Robert Koren

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 7, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Any of these… ?

    Georgios Samaras
    Fabrice Muamba
    Jeremain Lens
    Gylfi Sigurdsson

  • gunnarnufc

    Jul 7, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Gylfi Sigurðsson would be great, and I think Muamba is a talented tackler but those would cost money.


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