Newcastle United have launched an enquiry into signing Everton winger Anthony Gordon this month, according to reports.
Everton allegedly turned down bids in the region of £40m for the 21-year-old last summer, but now the Magpies believe they have a good chance of securing a deal.
It will be very interesting to see if the Toffees budge on their previous price tag of £50m for Gordon, who has struggled for form this season.
Newcastle recently allowed striker Chris Wood to join Nottingham Forest on loan, leaving Eddie Howe keen to add more attacking options to his squad in what remains of the current window.
Now, according to the Daily Mail, they are seriously considering making a move for Gordon.
The Magpies have enjoyed a fantastic start to the campaign, currently sitting in fourth place in the Premier League table after winning 10 of their 19 opening matches.
Despite this, Howe is looking to bring in several new faces this month as he looks to secure his team’s spot in the top four.
Newcastle recently saw a £30m bid for exciting Brazilian winger Pepe Aquino turned down but may respond with an improved offer, while they are also interested in another Everton player – Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
It seems unlikely that the Toffees would allow their number nine to leave in the midst of a relegation battle, but there is potential that Lampard could sanction the sale of Gordon if the Magpies table a suitable offer.
Gordon’s potential Newcastle move could work in Everton’s favour
Everton, on the other hand, currently sit in 19th place after winning just three of their 19 opening matches, which is their worst start since 1994.
Lampard will be keen to avoid yet another relegation battle after the Toffees only secured their Premier League status in the penultimate game of last season.
With this in mind, Everton are looking to do their own transfer business this winter, but given their current financial situation, they may need to sell players before they can make sizeable bids. In that sense, letting Gordon go could be a logical move.
Gordon has not exactly been at the races for Everton this season. So far, he has played 16 times in the league, scoring three goals and failing to make an assist.
Indeed, Lampard definitely seems unconvinced by his form of late, after leaving him out of his starting XI for Everton’s last three outings.
In that sense, getting a decent fee for Gordon could potentially be more valuable than keeping him. The Toffees have been linked with an impressive move for Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma in recent days, with a deal now close to completion.
So, they would arguably have an instant upgrade on Gordon if they can sign Danjuma, with the Spanish club willing to let him leave on a loan-to-buy agreement.
Most importantly though, they need a new striker. Everton recently missed out on signing Danny Ings after being outbid by relegation rivals West Ham, so an extra £30m or so would not go amiss.
If Everton don’t get a quality centre-forward through the door in what remains of the current window, they will be destined for a relegation scrap once again.