£60m Gordon fee is ‘laughable’ with Everton forward’s ‘attitude’ questioned amid Newcastle interest

Date published: Thursday 26th January 2023 7:00 - Jason Soutar

Everton forward Anthony Gordon celebrates his win

Simon Jordan does not believe Anthony Gordon is worth £60million with Newcastle United rumoured to be interested in the Everton winger.

Gordon failed to show for Everton training on Tuesday and Wednesday and has reportedly told the club he wants to leave.

Chelsea and Newcastle showed an interest last summer and both had bids rejected by the Toffees.

The Merseyside club were very reluctant to let the 21-year-old leave at the time, but appear to be more open to a sale now with the player not hitting the same form he did in 2021-22.

Everton are currently 19th in the Premier League, managerless, and up for sale, so they could probably do with the funds, though losing a player of Gordon’s ability is less than ideal.

Saying that, Gordon is not a player worth £60m in my opinion, and if Everton can get receive a fee in that region, they have done very well.

Newcastle fans will have a lot of trust in Eddie Howe to recruit the right player to improve the team, and will believe the Magpies boss can bring the best out of Gordon and develop him into a top player.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes the England Under-21 forward would be a “brilliant signing” after an amazing second half to last season.

Asked if Gordon would fit into Howe’s plans, Murphy told talkSPORT: “Oh yes, I can see it. I think it would be a brilliant signing. I’m a big fan of his. I watched him a lot last season and he was Everton’s best player by a mile.”

Former Crystal Palace owner Jordan added: “Although the bar was pretty low, wasn’t it.”

Murphy continued: “He’s started the season OK, but he’s not played a lot recently which has bamboozled me, because he threatens the goal.

“I have heard a couple of Everton fans talking about his work ethic, which I find absolutely bizarre because I’ve never seen him play and not give absolutely everything. His tracking back, his press, his work ethic is there.

“He’s got talent, he’s got lovely balance, he goes both ways, he can play off the right, off the left or as a No.10. He gets in there. His end product needs some work, but he’s 21.

“Under Eddie Howe and in a good side, he could fly.

“When Chelsea were interested in the summer they offered £60m and I thought that would be a bit over the top. But if Newcastle can get him for somewhere around the £30m mark, even £40m, I’d do it, because in three or four years he’ll be worth more than that. He’s a super talent.”

Jordan is not as convinced as Murphy, however.

The former Crystal Palace owner does not think Gordon’s attitude is right and believes a £60m transfer fee is “laughable”.

“I get the vibe that Anthony Gordon’s attitude isn’t right and has not been right for some time,” Jordan said.

“As Danny said, he hasn’t been on the pitch very much, and that might tell you something.

“I think there is a feeling that his attitude hasn’t been right since perhaps Chelsea first came in for him.

“It’s an unpalatable situation, but it’s the reality of the modern-day footballer, who grows up through your academy but times get tough and you don’t fancy it because a better opportunity comes your way.

“That might be me being a bit harsh, but when you need people, this is where you see those who stand up, and if what I said is right then Everton should look to cash in and get as much for him as they possibly can.

“But the £60m figure is laughable, it’s ridiculous. He’s not worth £60m. If they can get something around £30m or maybe £40m with add-ons, then maybe Everton can utilise that money and redirect it into areas that will help them get out of this predicament.”

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