Sky Sports is now reporting that Newcastle have reached an agreement with Everton for Anthony Gordon. Pete Graves is reporting the fee is £40m plus £5m in add-ons. Keith Downie has also taken to Twitter with the following:
Fee now agreed for Anthony Gordon to move to Newcastle. £45m total agreement. The forward is due on Tyneside for his medical in the next 24 hours.
Eddie Howe seems to have captured his top winter target but at a heavy price. Newcastle were not expected to make a signing of this magnitude unless one of their top targets became available.
Gordon’s name came out of the blue with many expecting a midfielder to be the top priority. The England U21 international was only briefly linked in the summer before Chelsea made a big push to land him.
This appears to be an Eddie Howe signing. Gordon fits the profile as a versatile attacker who is more than willing to do arduous work off the ball. At just 21, he has room to grow under the tutelage of Howe.
Gordon’s pending arrival could open the door for Ryan Fraser’s exit. The 28-year-old is keen on more playing time and has wanted to leave since the summer. Gordon will also provide significant competition on either flank to Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Miguel Almiron, and Jacob Murphy.
There are also reports that Newcastle are still tracking West Ham right-back Harrison Ashby. The clubs are currently apart in their valuations with the 21-year-old in the final 6 months of his contract.