Everton make new transfer priority after development on Anthony Gordons future

Everton have made signing a creative midfielder their top priority ahead of the January transfer window as they look to tie Anthony Gordon down to a new contract.

There were real fears in the summer market the 21-year-old could have left when Chelsea were sniffing around. The Blues had lodged a shock £50million move for the winger.

However, the Toffees rejected Chelsea's advances even when the player told the club he wanted to make the move to Stamford Bridge. But Frank Lampard held firm and managed to shoo away his former team.

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The English coach has elevated Gordon to a key player under his regime and, just weeks after the window shuts, now looks set to tie him down to a new contract. A new deal would surely end any speculation over a departure, or at least see any potential fee skyrocket.

According to inews, Gordon is close to putting pen to paper over a long-term contract. With one of their star players staying put, it means Everton can plot their next move in the transfer window.

It is further reported the Goodison Park outfit have made signing an attacking midfielder a priority when the January market opens. Ajax star Mohammed Kudus had been eyed in the summer but a move did not materialise.

Everton are expected to reignite a move for the 22-year-old, who has started the season brilliantly in the Eredivisie. However, Kudus has attracted attention from elsewhere with his performances, though he was keen on moving to Merseyside before the transfer was blocked.

Lampard had been searching for his first win of the season prior to last weekend before a 1-0 victory over West Ham. Neal Maupay scored the only goal of the game, which took the Toffees up to 13th.


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