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Gordon Returns To Training As Everton’s Manager Hunt Appears Over



Anthony Gordon was spotted arriving at Finch Farm this morning potentially ending a three-day holdout. The 21-year-old reportedly told the club he wouldn’t return in the hopes they would reach an agreement to sell him to Newcastle.

Last night the news dropped that Everton would entertain offers in the £40m for their academy product, representing a significant drop in their prior demands of £60m. What impact that had on Gordon’s about-face is anyone’s guess at the moment.

There is other news brewing at Goodison Park that may have sparked a change of heart for the mercurial winger. It is being reported that former Burnley boss Sean Dyche will be appointed as the new manager.

Fabrizio Romano reported early this morning that Gordon remains intent on leaving this month. He took to Twitter to state the following:

Anthony Gordon will insist again in the next days as he only wants to leave Everton. Talks will continue in order to find a solution.

The player has been clear with the club: January move is his priority.

Sky Sports’ Keith Downie also hinted that the move is still possible despite Dyche’s looming appointment. Downie reckons the pursuit of a new manager has held up negotiations with Newcastle this week.

This is a fluid situation with a lot of current unknowns. Gordon has ended his holdout, if that’s what his absence was, and Everton are close to naming a new manager. We’ll soon find out if this means Gordon’s move is in jeopardy or about to ramp up.


137 comments so far

  • The Prince's Mate

    Jan 27, 2023 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #1

    If Gordon changes his mind that’s up to him but that’ll be another bullet dodged

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  • sparky55

    Jan 27, 2023 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    good poaching TPM…better than Wilson atm!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 27, 2023 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Looks like Perez joining Real Betis

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  • sparky55

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I think we have to be realistic about ASM moving on…he’ll never be comfortable being a bit player, especially having been the first name on the team sheet under Bruce…and let’s be honest…he’s great to watch and the anticipation is palpable when he gets the ball…but ultimately he lets you down.

    He doesn’t fit our new system, never will…although I will admit his last two appearances were much better…but surely we can get 40 million for him and buy someone better suited to the system

    I doubt he’ll go this window because we’ve lost Wood and no replacement as yet, but surely he won’t survive the cut in the summer?

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  • Ap

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Leeds signing tete and mckennie

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  • Ap

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Arsenal 60mill for caceido

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  • sparky55

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail…let me guess…you don’t agree!

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  • Ap

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Theres a player called Romarinho haha

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  • dazzler

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    No way we sell Maxi for £27m. I can see it happening for sure, but not at that price. It will be around the £40m mark if it happens.

    However, I hope we keep him regardless of if Gordon comes or not. Gordon means we have two natural inverted left wingers and Joe can get back to bullying midfielders from the centre of the pitch.

    That competition for places should ensure Maxi has to keep his performance levels high. Win Win.

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  • Ap

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Saint max looked leaner on Tuesday. Got a week to lose more weight

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Rob – there’s no question that a couple of signings will significantly increase our chances of top 4. I’m definitely worried about what an injury to a top player will do to our performances.

    The main issue is getting a player in for a decent price. It’s pretty clear that we’re ahead of the curve in terms of hitting the targets that were set for this season so there’s no actual need to sign anyone in order to achieve these.

    I really hope they get a couple of good deals and we can stay in the mix for top 4.

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  • Raider

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Re: Sparky, comment 4

    Agree completely.
    It’s time for Maxi to move on but it does seem increasingly unlikely this window.

    Then again, everything seems increasingly unlikely this window. Hope we still see a couple of nice surprises before the end of the month.

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  • Ap

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    I want saint max to stay unplayable at times he’s our mudryk our saka just needs to get back to 100% and get leaner

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  • Ap

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Leicester overtake leeds for tete

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  • Toon_Barmy

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #15

    @Sparky I don’t agree with you regarding Maxi. He offers us the unpredictability that nobody else can. He’s absolutely unplayable on his day and can change a game in a heartbeat. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad with these ‘luxury’ players.

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  • Ap

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    If chiesa becomes available in summer we need to go all in. Sell murphy get chiesa

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Jeez Arsenal will be so strong next year aswell. Caicedo? Bastards.

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  • Rob

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    I agree TDS.

    I just have £50 riding on us finishing top 4 so thats my target this season ha.

    St maxi gets injured, has to work himself back into a winning team and everyone has him sold.

    He and Howe have both stated im sure of it that theyre happy and hes not for sale.

    Hes not an automatic starter and recent comments he made suggested he knows this and is happy. Cant quote me but it was something along the lines of “yes i want to play but the team is doing well and winning, its not about me its about the team and they are doing well, i will have to continue working hard and take my chances when they come”
    Hes going no where i hope.
    We need players like him on the pitch and the bench and he suits our style of play perfectly as eveidenced in his southampton cameo. He changed the game his first back from injury vs bournemouth and led to thier own goal.
    We cant sell players and say they dont fit ourely because they are automatic starting 11. We paid 60m for isak and hes a sub.. should we sell him to as by that logic he clearly isnt working and wont want to spend to long being a bit part player.
    Players get paid regardless of playing or not. Trust me, non care if they play or spend careers benched unless theyre exceptional such as messi or ronaldo of which class we have non

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  • sparky55

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Toon_Barmy

    Problem with Eddies system is, it’s not just what you offer going forward, it’s what you offer defending and pressing.

    IMO he doesn’t offer enough on the press and in defending…yes he tracks back a bit more now, but the odd time he does throw in a tackle it’s an awkward ill-timed one that gives the opposition a free-kick in a dangerous area.

    On balance I just don’t think his overall contribution is enough to warrant keeping him.

    I love watching the man with the ball at his feet running at the opposition, but I hate watching him on his arse complaining and waving his hands while the rest of his team are now 10 v 11, and it irritates me greatly at how useless he is on the press and how it leaves a gaping hole in our press which could lead to three of four of our team being taken out by a single well placed pass because ASM is in no mans land.

    Shame but I think he has to go.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    AP Mudryk is a mile ahead of Maxi

    We have to get spending now and in the summer to keep up with the squads Arsenal and Chelsea are developing. Potter is a quality coach and Man U will improve too. We can’t keep asking Eddie to overactive, give him a fat budget Mandy 🙂

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Good Morning Folks

    If Sean Dyche is officially appointed Everton manager i predict they will avoid relegation, Dyche is a very competent and underrated manager, you don`t keep a little club like Burnley in the premier league for years and on a shoe string budget, unless you have have great quality desire and character, Just like Eddie was at Bournmouth in simular circumstances. Also Everton wont`t be worried about playing pretty football this season, staying up is the only game in town for them, and in my opinion Sean Dyche is the perfect manager and perfect fit for them.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Sparky, I love maxi , as does my kid. But he has regressed under Eddie. They don’t suit each other.

    I’d still go for Harrison if Gordon stays at Everton

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #23

    Munster

    Murdryk has played one cameo role for Chelsea so far. He certainly has potential to be far better than ASM, but it’s way too premature to say he’s miles ahead of him right now haha

    He’s only played like 40 minutes of premier league football man!

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  • sparky55

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Munster…I’d rather Harrison goes to Leicester and we get Madders!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Adam, he’ll be brilliant. The Premier league isn’t the be all and end all of football. He is probably Europe’s most coveted winger, and his first steps here were impressive. We will have a fight making the CL placings next year if we don’t buy , and buy fairly big too.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Sparky, different positions though

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  • geordie157

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Dyche if appointed will keep them up, I was hoping they’d go down.

    Dyche will make them hard to beat at home and get the crowd behind them, he might be able to get McNeil playing well again, he’s been very poor there so far.

    Still not ruling them out for the drop, it’s 3 from the current bottom 8. I don’t think Palace will get dragged into it.

    Doesn’t look like anyone will get cut adrift either so could be a very dramatic end to the season.

    Nice that we’re up the other end of the table with a battle of our own. I think it’s between us and Spurs for 4th, on paper they have a deeper and stronger squad, we have a much better defence.

    Can never write off Liverpool and Chelsea, both could easily go on a run if players return from injury. Chelsea must have enough players to register 3 squads!!!!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    I’m not too sure where the Maxi transfer rumours are coming from but it would seem bonkers to sell him, even in the summer.

    He certainly will never be as defensive minded as some in the team but I don’t want a team who can defend but struggle to break down oppositions that sit deep. Firstly, it’s really boring to watch and secondly I think it could be something which starts costing us points in the second half of the season.

    Unless he really wants to move on, he should be kept. He is a game changer and other than a couple of glimpses from Isak, seems to be our only player who can properly beat a man. We have others with better passing or with direct runs behind, but none with his skillset.

    He might not have as high an output in terms of goals and assists, or even chance creation as you’d want from a player of his talent but until we are in a position to sign a player who can do what he does plus score (thinking of the style of Mahrez), then we shouldn’t be letting him go.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Munster

    “he’ll be” – exactly. He could be incredible. But so far he’s played 40 minutes of football in the league and looked decent. Way too early and premature to start saying he’s better than so and so or miles ahead of so and so. This is how high expectations get made and then disappointment sets in when a player doesn’t reach them haha

    I know it’s all about opinions, but he’s barely kicked a ball yet. If he carries on how his debut went then aye, his potential looks unreal and he could blow all wingers out of the water. But it’s too early to know which way it’ll go just yet.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #30

    Also, I know we’re ahead of where was expected, partly due to poor form of other top four clubs but also due to our own form being very good this last 12 months, but we do need to strengthen and strengthen well this month.

    I am not all doom and gloom, if we don’t we don’t, the world won’t end but over the next 3/4 transfer windows we are going to need to invest heavily to catch and then keep up with the established big 6.

    Chelsea are really pushing on, Man Utd are improving under a proper coach and will likely have new owners/investment, Arsenal are making smart decisions and pushing on, Liverpool are looking to rebuild under klopp and are really just 2 players away from being great again… and Spurs, well we’ll proper fly past them as Kane either leaves or slows down after 30.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Rob – some people have short peoples regarding Maxi. He was our most exciting attacking player for a long time and he seems to love the club too.

    Hope he comes back with a bang soon and reminds the negative fans what he’s all about.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #32

    munster…yes…but think Man City…the play a 4-6 formation and any of the 6 can play anywhere in midfield and attack…they are completely fluid.

    Isak was bought because he can play anywhere across the top three, and that’s the very same reason he’s after Gordon.

    I don’t believe there are any set positions for midfield and attack footballers anymore…they switch all the time and it causes chaos.

    One of the most important aspects of buying a top player now is their versatility.

    Madders can play anywhere in midfield, he can play No10, he can play wide, and he can play as striker if he needs to.

    60 million is cheap…but Leicester have to agree to let him go.

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  • The Ledge

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Tete to Leicester plays the same position as Maddison.
    I wonder if this might pave the way for Maddison to join us.
    We shall see fairly soon I suppose.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    Maddison has playing on the right for Leicester this season, so Harrison could take his position too to be fair.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #35

    TDS

    As you can see from my “defence” of Maxi above, I’m a fan and think he does have a place in the squad for a while yet but I do get the other view as well.

    He’s never really returned high numbers of goals an assists over an season across his career, even before us. And he’s also have two season with us where he’s only managed to be fit for 2/3 of the games… with this season likely to be the same.

    I do think longer term, if we really want to challenge at the top, we need a player in that mold who can contribute more. It might be Maxi if he improves with better players around him, you can certainly see he’s trying to adapt, but only time will tell I guess.

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  • The Ledge

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #36

    I think the Tete deal is closer.
    Harrison’s natural side is the Left but he can play on the right.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #37

    Why are we involved in this bollix with Gordon. A leopard does not change its spots.
    Why do all our transfers drag on and on. Except Isak?
    Others top teams are strengthening big time. Jan is not a difficult time for them. We seem to be selling.

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  • tooned in

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #38

    Just had breakfast with Bielsa in London ! Long way to come and not get the job ?????

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #39

    If they weren’t such a horrible lot I’d say poor old Everton as like us they’ve suffered long ball route 1 dinosaurs like fat sham and now it’s looking like Dyche. A bit ironic as if it had happened earlier Dyche would have loved a lump like Wood and hated a baller like Gordon and happily swapped the pair. Not that I like Gordon mind.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 27, 2023 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #40

    Sparky agree re Madders , wasn’t clear enough. But whilst we are buying versatility, every manager has a set team structure and Eddie has his.Thats why, for example Miggy plays right always, despite being capable of left.

    Adam, I’d swap Maxi for Mudryk, put it that way. He’s stood out in the CL even in his maiden season. maxi hasn’t played there, and I like Maxi. He’s a far more effective winger, and we can barely keep Maxi fit. They are poles apart.

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