Anthony Gordon missed a second day of training with Everton on Wednesday amid talks over a potential £35m move to Newcastle.
Everton rejected a £40m bid from Chelsea last summer for the England Under-21 international and had placed a £55m valuation on the homegrown talent, but look set to accept less after further talks with Newcastle. Gordon is believed to be keen on a move to the North East and has not trained with Everton while the two clubs discuss a deal. Everton say the 21-year-old’s absence was planned.
Gordon’s exit would generate money for Everton to make their first signing of the January window after seeing a loan deal for Villarreal striker Arnaut Danjuma hijacked by Tottenham.
However, their priority is to find a new manager following the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday.
Despite Marcelo Bielsa’s reservations about the job, Everton remain in communication with the former Leeds manager, who is owner Farhad Moshiri’s first choice. Everton know it will be difficult to attract Bielsa mid-season and in the midst of a relegation battle and have several candidates under consideration. Contact has been made with representatives of Sean Dyche and the former Burnley manager would welcome the chance to relaunch his managerial career at Goodison Park.