Newcastle manager Hughton has talked briefly about the Gosling transfer today, after a war of words has ensued between the Everton Football club and Dan Gosling’s agent.
Dan Gosling – after signing on at Newcastle United
It’s natural that Everton are angry and somewhat embarrassed by the way they lost their 20 year-old U21 International, but they have to take some level of responsibility for that.
Not surprisingly, Everton manager David Moyes was hardly happy after Dan signed on at Newcastle for nothing, and since the transfer the Everton club have been trying to re-write history a little, insisting it was not their fault.
Gosling’s agent has even claimed the midfielder was left in tears after he was snubbed by the Everton manager, but that is also hard to believe.
Moyes says the player broke a verbal agreement to extend his contract by two years, with the Everton club offering him around £750K/year.
Everton missed out on anywhere up to £4M in compensation fees for a player who is still under 23, and therefore his home club is due compensation – usually set by a commission if the two clubs clubs cannot agree on the amount.
Hughton defended the Newcastle position on the transfer:
“We are fortunate to have signed Dan and we are delighted to have him on board.”
“We are 100 per cent sure that we’ve done everything appropriately.”
But nobody has accused Newcastle of doing anything illegal, other than taking advantage of an unfortunate situation between Gosling and his club Everton.
You can hardly blame Newcastle for doing that – and as far as we know – nobody is.