The news a few days ago, that Dan Gosling could leave Everton for free, was amazing news.
Dan Gosling – that shirt he’s holding could soon be black and white stripes
But that was followed up yesterday by reports of a ruling on Tuesday, by the Premier League, agreeing with Gosling’s side of the argument, and that Everton had to let Dan go because they didn’t give him a formal new contract offer by the due date.
And today the Newcastle United club are said to be confident, behind the scenes at least, of being able to sign the 20 year-old former Everton midfielder.
Contract negotiations for a new deal with Everton started with Gosling a year ago apparently, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement before mid-May, which was the due date that a written contract offer had to be given to the player.
The Daily Mail today are reporting today that Newcastle are now confident they can get Gosling on Tyneside, and we have to believe they were the first club to be aware of the situation, and gained a lead on West Ham and Sunderland, who are two other clubs now reportedly after the Devon-born youngster.
Not surprisingly the Everton club will not be at all happy with what’s happened, and they certainly don’t look too good, and this will be an embarrassment to them, and their fans have every right to be furious that their club didn’t get all the paperwork done.
The Merseyside club may be furious, but the major culprit in all of this seems to be them – although of course they’ll probably cast Dan as the villain – just to save face – that’s how these things work – right – blame anybody but yourself.
But what a royal mess-up, and that’s being polite about it.
It’s like Newcastle losing Andy Carroll for nothing, because the club didn’t abide by the contract rules in place – so you see what we mean – and we have to have real sympathy for the Everton fans.
The news today is that Newcastle have already held talks with the England U21 International, and if Newcastle are said to be confident of signing the player, we have to think those talks went very well, with hopefully Dan is anxious to arrive on Tyneside.
This would be a terrific coup for Newcastle, and even makes us look good.
Because the lad is still under 23 years-old, Everton are still due some compensation for their player, and the estimate Newcastle would have to pay is £1.5M.
If we get the lad, then expect an announcement quite soon, and the player is already said to be valued at around £4M – and will only improve – and that has to be good news.
Howay The Lads!!