Danny Murphy believes Everton forward Anthony Gordon would ‘flourish’ if he left the Premier League strugglers to join Newcastle.
However, it is reported the transfer is now under threat due to the Toffees’ steep valuation of the 21-year-old, who appears to have gone on strike at Goodison Park.
Newcastle were set to push forward with a deal for Gordon after beating Chelsea to the right to sign the winger.
However, the Daily Telegraph claim the move could be off if Everton don’t lower their asking price of £60million for the young Englishman, who has seven goals and eight assists in 78 senior appearances for the Toffees.
Many have baulked at that fee, including talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordon who branded it ‘laughable’, and it appears Newcastle aren’t willing to do business at that price, either.
Everton’s valuation is based on the fact Gordon is one of the most promising young players the Merseyside club has produced in years, although he has been criticised for his recent behaviour and earned the scorn of the Blues faithful.
The winger has not reported for training with his club for two days amid links with a move to Newcastle, and Jordan has accused him of having an attitude problem.
But former Liverpool man Murphy can see the potential in the star and insists he would be a ‘brilliant signing’ for Newcastle boss Eddie Howe if the Magpies can get a deal over the line.
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Asked if he would be a good fit for the high-flying Toon, Murphy told White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “Oh yes, I can see it. I think it would be a brilliant signing.
“I’m a big fan of his. I watched him a lot last season and he was Everton’s best player by a mile.”
“Although the bar was pretty low, wasn’t it,” adds former Crystal Palace owner Jordan, with Murphy laughing in agreement.
The ex-Reds star continued: “He’s started the season OK, but he’s not played a lot recently which has bamboozled me, because he threatens the goal.
“I have heard a couple of Everton fans talking about his work ethic, which I find absolutely bizarre because I’ve never seen him play and not give absolutely everything. His tracking back, his press, his work ethic is there.
“He’s got talent, he’s got lovely balance, he goes both ways, he can play off the right, off the left or as a No.10. He gets in there. His end product needs some work, but he’s 21.
“Under Eddie Howe and in a good side, he could fly.
“When Chelsea were interested in the summer they offered £60m and I thought that would be a bit over the top.
“But if Newcastle can get him for somewhere around the £30m mark, even £40m, I’d do it, because in three or four years he’ll be worth more than that.
“He’s a super talent.”
“I get the vibe that Anthony Gordon’s attitude isn’t right and has not been right for some time,” Jordan said.
“As Danny said, he hasn’t been on the pitch very much, and that might tell you something.
“I think there is a feeling that his attitude hasn’t been right since perhaps Chelsea first came in for him.
“It’s an unpalatable situation, but it’s the reality of the modern-day footballer, who grows up through your academy but times get tough and you don’t fancy it because a better opportunity comes your way.
“That might be me being a bit harsh, but when you need people, this is where you see those who stand up, and if what I said is right then Everton should look to cash in and get as much for him as they possibly can.
“But the £60m figure is laughable, it’s ridiculous. He’s not worth £60m. If they can get something around £30m or maybe £40m with add-ons, then maybe Everton can utilise that money and redirect it into areas that will help them get out of this predicament.”
“They’ve always done it,” added Murphy. “Wayne Rooney left early.”