Anthony Gordon is trying to force a move to Newcastle United according to an exclusive in The Mail. The 21-year-old has been a no-show to training for the past three days and has informed the club he has no plans on returning.
Newcastle are in negotiations with Everton over the tempestuous winger. The clubs remain apart in their valuations with Newcastle flat-out refusing to meet Everton’s price tag of £55m. The Magpies are reportedly offering around £40m with a large part of that fee being add-ons.
If this claim is accurate, Gordon’s actions are disrespectful to the club that pays his wages. It will not endear him to the Newcastle faithful, many of who are already uneasy with the idea of him joining due to his antics on the pitch.
Gordon is currently the primary target as his profile fits Eddie Howe’s system. He is young, fast, a tenacious presser, and also accurate with his shooting. As a promising young English winger, he would be an excellent addition at a reasonable fee.
Hopefully, this report does not reflect the current state of affairs between Gordon and Everton. A public battle against his current employers, his hometown club no less, could lead Newcastle into a change of heart and abandon this pursuit.