Newcastle United are pushing to sign Everton striker Anthony Gordon for £50m

Newcastle United are reportedly confident they will be able to sign Everton striker Anthony Gordon before the end of January.

Gordon, 21, has been linked with Everton since he arrived as an 11-year-old in 2012 and broke into the first team last season with 25 appearances in 35 Premier League appearances.

He seemed to be on a stellar campaign after scoring back-to-back in August, but with Everton he slowed down dramatically, finding the net just once in his last 11 league games.

Despite his recent lack of success – having made only one league start since early November – the young Englishman still has his fans, albeit still at a high price.

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According to Goal, Newcastle believe they are in “pole position” to land the England under-21 international, with Gordon reportedly missing training on Tuesday as speculation mounts.

The report said Everton would keep their asking price at £50m and, with his contract tied to the club until 2025, there is no incentive to move away from that amount for now.

With Frank Lampard sacked as Everton boss, it remains to be seen whether his successor would like Gordon to occupy a prominent place, but if not, he could provide the club with much-needed buying power and maneuverability.

SUMMARY

– The Guardian reports on the 21-year-old Villarreal striker Nicolas Jackson will undergo a medical examination at Bournemouth on Wednesday before confirming his £20.3m (€23m) deal.

– After missing Nicolas Jackson, Southampton his focus will now be on the 22-year-old Marseille winger Bamba Diengfor the Daily Express.

– According to The Evening Standard, Arsenal will join Chelsea in pursuit of the 21-year-old Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo at the end of the season, while The Times adds that the Seagulls value him at £100m.

Aston Villa were ready to break a club record and activate a £45m (€50m) release clause in the Athletic Bilbao striker’s contract Nico Williamsbut the Spanish representative rejected their advances. Instead, the English club will turn to the 22-year-old Real Betis striker Louis Henrywhich, according to the Daily Mail, cost £20 million (€22 million).

– Also reports the Daily Mail Nottingham Forest are exploring a potential loan deal for the 36-year-old Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas following an injury to first-choice scorer Dean Henderson.

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