Everton are looking to fund their move for Sheffield United forward Iliman Ndiaye by selling Anthony Gordon to Newcastle this window.
Ndiaye has emerged as a target for the Toffees over the weekend. Talk of a potential deal worth around £22m has been touted, although United are believed to be keen on keeping Ndiaye until the summer.
However, a fresh report from Alan Nixon this afternoon has claimed that Newcastle are looking to buy Gordon from Everton for around £40m. From that, Everton want to then use the funds to add new faces to the squad.
It’s claimed Everton want to bring in a direct replacement for Gordon and at the same time, spend the cash generated from the Gordon sale. At the moment, they’ve agreed a loan deal for Arnaut Danjuma, while Ndiaye is said to be on their radar for the forward position.
The Blades, meanwhile, are in the middle of trying to resolve a transfer embargo. The embargo is believed to relate to a failure to pay for a previous transfer. There is also talk of it being linked to an impending takeover of the club.
Ndiaye is believed to be happy at United and isn’t pushing to leave. However, he is into the final 18 months of his contract, meaning United’s hand could be forced.
Sheffield United News View: Ndiaye should stay put, Everton isn’t for him
While the lure of Premier League football and big wages at a club like Everton is there, put frankly, Iliman Ndiaye is better than that at the moment.
Everton a club in disarray. They won’t have a manager soon, and at the moment, look like relegation favourites.
For Ndiaye, it makes little sense to move to Everton when he might end up back in the Championship. Yes, he’d be on bigger money, but the cons surely outweigh the pros here.