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.