EVERTON have slashed their asking price for Anthony Gordon, reports suggest.
Gordon, 21, has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park since the summer but only now does this transfer really appear to be making headway.
Newcastle have returned to the negotiating table following their interest in the summer.
Everton had been hoping to get a fee of around £60million for the winger.
However, after Gordon missed training for the third day in a row, the club are set to be forced to accept lower offers.
According to The Telegraph, this rebellious attitude – with Gordon telling the club he does not want to return – has weakened Everton’s position.
This means that instead of holding out for a package worth £60m, instead they are only likely to be able to fetch £40m.
With the window slamming shut in a number of days, Everton need to sell Gordon in order to make funds available for their next manager to spend before the deadline.
Gordon has scored three times in the Premier League this season from 16 games but has failed to add any assists to this tally – not helped by creating just 0.5 Expected Assists.
Frank Lampard was sacked as manager after less than a year in charge after winning only three league games this season.
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Indeed, the club’s last win came in October, with a record of 10 games without a win in all competitions since.
A host of big names have been linked with the hot seat at Goodison Park.
These include; Marcelo Bielsa, Sean Dyche, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Carlo Ancelotti’s son, Davide.
SunSport revealed on Wednesday that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri would be willing to sell the club for the right price despite him announcing he would do nothing of the sort last week.