Newcastle’s January transfer target Anthony Gordon will return to training with Everton’s first team at Finch Farm on Thursday.
The forward missed training on Tuesday with a planned absence – as did Amadou Onana. But while Onana returned to practice on Wednesday, Gordon was absent.
Sky Sports News understands that the 21-year-old has not submitted an official transfer request.
Gordon is the subject of a potential £40m fee, with Newcastle believed to be the main contenders for his signature. The Champions League contenders have held talks over a move as they look to replace Chris Wood, who joined Nottingham Forest last week.
Although not a replacement for a similar one, Newcastle see Gordon as a player who can operate in a number of positions across the first line.
Newcastle were rejected by an inquiry this summer, but have retained their interest. It is believed that an offer of around £40m could prompt Everton to sell.
The move is somewhat complicated by Everton’s managerial situation – Frank Lampard was sacked on Monday and any new incumbent may want to keep hold of Gordon.
During the summer transfer window, Chelsea held high-level talks with Everton over Gordon’s availability.
He was then seen as one of Thomas Tuchel’s main targets and Chelsea were prepared to pay £60m to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Gordon has 18 months left on his current contract at Goodison Park.
The news of Gordon comes after Tottenham signed Villarreal striker Arnaut Danjum on loan until the end of the season.
Danjuma was expected to sign for Everton on a similar deal after a deal was agreed at the weekend, but Spurs hijacked the move.
The addition of the versatile Dutch striker would boost Tottenham’s attacking options, with Heung-Min Son, Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison and Lucas Moura all having injury problems this season.
Danjuma spent two years playing in England for Bournemouth and, while playing in the Championship, struggled in the Premier League, failing to score in 14 appearances in the top flight.
A move to Villarreal in 2021 proved successful, with Danjuma playing a key role in their run to the Champions League semi-finals, scoring 16 goals in all competitions for the La Liga outfit.
Opportunities have been more limited for Danjuma this season after a muscle problem disrupted the early part of his campaign, and a return to England is close to being finalized with Tottenham.
Everton target Bielsa after sacking Lampard
Marcelo Bielsa remains the favorite to replace Frank Lampard as Everton manager – but a deal could prove difficult to achieve.
The former Leeds boss is Everton owner Farhad Moshiri’s preferred option, but he and his backroom staff would likely cost up to £1m a month to move to Goodison Park.
Due to Bielsa’s particular negotiating style, he demands a large fee, which he then distributes to his coaching team, which comes as part of a non-negotiable package.
While Bielsa is No.1 on Everton’s wanted list, it is understood there are concerns over costs and major changes to their coaching set-up.
Everton want a new manager by Friday. Ralph Hasenhuttl, the former Southampton and RB Leipzig manager, and Sean Dyche, the former Burnley manager, are also being considered.
Bielsa was in talks to succeed Scott Parker as Bournemouth manager before the World Cup, but the role was eventually awarded to interim boss Gary O’Neil on a permanent basis.
The Toffees’ approach to Bielsa follows the sacking of Lampard on Monday afternoon, following a 2-0 defeat by West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday – their third successive league defeat.
The former Chelsea boss arrived at Goodison Park in January 2022, and despite helping the club avoid the drop last season, he leaves Everton with 15 points from 20 games and three wins this term – fewer than any other side in the division.
Everton is 19th in the table, and only Southampton is below it in terms of goal difference.
Carra: Still the worst run club in the country
Jamie Carragher still believes Everton are the worst-run club in the country and said the hierarchy have “demonised the whole fan base” in recent weeks.
Everton sacked Lampard on Monday after less than a year in charge.
Lampard’s sacking follows Everton owner Farhad Moshiri attending his first game since October 2021 when the Toffees succumbed to defeat at West Ham – their third successive league defeat.
“Nobody knows a football club better than its own fans,” Carragher said Monday Night Football.
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