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Newcastle: Craig Hope shares insight on Anthony Gordon price tag

Newcastle United’s reported January target, Anthony Gordon, could be made available this month for a lot cheaper than he was in the summer.

What’s the latest?

There have been some reports to emerge over the last few days suggesting the Magpies are showing an interest in the Everton youngster.

This is a player who has been heavily linked with a potential exit from Goodison Park just a matter of months ago with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur said to be interested.

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But speaking on his YouTube channel, journalist Craig Hope has suggested the player may not necessarily cost the £60m suggested back in the summer:

“That interest is real. I’ve had that confirmed to me. There’s a feeling that Everton might demand a fee that is prohibitive. Now, if you speak to people closer to it on Merseyside, they don’t necessarily think that will be the case as it was in the summer.”

“He is one I would expect them to be, if they haven’t already, having conversations with Everton and testing the waters.”

Cut-price deal?

The money put on Gordon over the summer was huge considering he has a fairly low return in the Premier League with just seven goals in his 65 appearances.

And in addition to that, the 21-year-old has only provided three assists on top of those goals in the English top flight.

So it is apparent the investment in Gordon will be in hope of developing him into a top talent with other young prospects in the Premier League, the likes of Bukayo Saka, showing a lot more at the moment.

Would Gordon be a risky signing?

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Newcastle have shown they are not scared of spending big on players they want with the Magpies parting with a club-record £63m on Alexander Isak in the summer.

However, it is apparent they would only be willing to pay that type of money on a player who they are convinced will prove to be a success on Tyneside.

And it seems they may have been correct in spending big on Isak with the Swede already scoring the same number of goals as Gordon this season but in 11 fewer appearances.

Now, it seems as if Gordon, who has been hailed as an “absolute beast“, could be made available for less than the asking price in the summer, but there is a reason for that with the 21-year-old having an underwhelming start to the campaign for the Toffees.

The local lad has since been subjected to frustration from the Everton fans and is clearly open to a career outside of Merseyside with the winger believed to be interested in a move last summer.

Perhaps Dan Ashworth will see this as a deal Newcastle can pounce upon, but with his current output in front of goal, it does feel as if it could be a risk signing.