Howe tight-lipped over Gordon links as Newcastle step up interest in £60m Everton star

Howe update on Isak Credit: Alamy
Howe update on Isak Credit: Alamy

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has kept his cards close to his chest when it comes to the transfer speculation currently surrounding Anthony Gordon.

Gordon has been one of Everton’s brighter sparks in an otherwise poor season. The 21-year-old has scored three goals and is now a player of interest for Newcastle.

It was recently reported that Newcastle are in ‘pole position’ to sign the Everton star, although Tottenham are also said to be interested.

Both Newcastle and Chelsea had bids rejected for the winger in the summer and it now seems as if Howe’s side could resurface their interest.

Everton were reluctant to let Gordon leave in the summer, but they might now be more open to his sale given the situation they find themselves in.

Newcastle maintained their impressive run of form with a last-gasp winner against Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg.

The Newcastle manager was asked about the club’s interest in Gordon, but Howe remained tight-lipped as usual when it comes to transfers.

Howe told reporters: “Honestly, I’ve got no idea. I’ve been preparing for the game so I’ve got no idea. But I wouldn’t comment on individual players anyway.”

Newcastle have remained patient during the transfer window so far. Apart from a pre-arranged deal to sign Australian youngster Garang Kuol, they are yet to sign any players in this window.

Howe will be well aware that his side stands a great chance of finishing in the top four this season and he will be keen on signing the right player.

The Newcastle boss was pleased with the performance of his side against Southampton, but he is adamant that nothing is decided yet.

He told Sky Sports: “The 1-0 scoreline is delicate, nothing’s decided. It was a tough game. Both teams had their moments so very pleased to get the win but it’s only half time.

“We weren’t clinical until Joe’s goal. I can’t be critical of the team in any way, it’s been a good day for us. here’s a lot to play in the tie. We needed Nick [Pope]. Very pleased to see VAR intervene [to disallow Southampton’s goal].

“The two saves Nick made were big moments in the game. It was a huge time in the game, Nick stood up. He’s been outstanding for us this year. He’s got a great defence in front of him but whenever he’s needed he’s produced the goods for us.”

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