The Lowdown: Newcastle and Everton hold talks
Eddie Howe’s side has been in talks with the Toffees for the services of Gordon according to Sky Sports, Everton rejected a bid last year from the Premier League side, it was thought to be around £40 million.
Gordon plays as a left winger, but he can also operate on the right wing and as a striker.
The Latest: Talks could accelerate
Hope took to his YouTube channel to speak on the transfer situation between the Magpies and Everton, he said the fee could be anywhere between £25 million and £50 million. The Daily Mail journalist added that he expects talks to speed up in the next day or two.
He stated (7:31), “I think Newcastle would perhaps do a deal at somewhere closer to maybe, different sources of suggesting £25 million plus 50 million pounds in add-ons.
“Haven’t had those numbers confirmed by either club on the record, but I think that’s the sort of ballpark we’re talking.
“I would say from all the information I have, absolutely their number one target now and I expect things to accelerate over the course of the next 24/36 hours.”
The Verdict: There’s potential there
We believe that whilst Gordon is having a poor season, Eddie Howe could the man to get the best out of him.
Former Newcastle and Everton boss Rafa Benitez labelled Gordon as ‘explosive’ when he was in charge of the Toffees and also described him player who is ‘learning and growing’ (via The Liverpool Echo).
The stats show that Gordon is willing to defensive work out on the wing in the past year, he averages 2.45 tackles (which in the top 3% for wingers) and 1.76 blocks (top 1%).
He certainly gets stuck in a lot more than Allan Saint-Maximin based on the same timescale, who on average produces 0.42 (tackles) and 0.06 (blocks).
Building strong relationships is ‘very important’ according to Howe when he spoke on the High Performance podcast (via The Northern Echo).
Gordon is someone who is certainly in need of some reassurance as he’s faced stiff backlash from the Everton fans, perhaps under Howe’s man management he could produce him into a quality player at Newcastle.
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