Everton are closing in on signing Manchester United midfielder James Garner as Frank Lampard has said Anthony Gordon is “too important” to sell before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
A deal for Garner, 21, who was loaned out to Nottingham Forest last season, is progressing well and is expected to be finalized by Thursday’s 11pm deadline.
It is thought to cost around £15million.
Garner joined the Man Utd academy at U8 level before progressing through the ranks. He made his first-team debut in February 2019 aged 17, coming on as a substitute against Crystal Palace.
He was loaned out to Watford in September 2020 but was recalled in January 2021 after falling out of favor with new manager Xisco Munoz. He spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Garner joined Forest on a season-long loan for the 2021/22 campaign, helping the club return to the Premier League after winning the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.
The midfielder has also represented England at youth level, making his U21 debut in September 2021.
No prospect of departure from Gordon
Gordon will not leave Everton this summer despite strong interest from Chelsea.
Sky Sports News was informed that there was not a moment when the club considered the possibility of him being sold.
Everton’s hierarchy have been resolute in their determination to keep the talented 21-year-old at Goodison Park, despite two solid offers from Chelsea, both of which were flatly rejected.
After a 1-1 draw with Leeds on Tuesday, coach Lampard said: “Anthony is too important a player. He’s shown his worth in the last two games so what’s the point of us doing anything? either with Anthony?”
“Overall it’s our player that we’ve developed and there’s an affiliation with him and the fans and vice versa. We’re trying to do something here and we know it’s a process that can take time. time.
“It’s been very clear since last year that we want to come to a process. Can we trust that and build around the good players we have? Can we add to that? That’s where I’m coming from. .
“Obviously with the interest there has been in Anthony, he’s a top player and that’s why we’re so keen to keep him.”
Lampard told the Everton board he did not want Gordon to leave as early as June, with Spurs and Newcastle interested.
Gordon scored two goals from two for Everton and once again showed his importance to the team, especially with the club’s worn-out striker situation.
Everton are also confident of adding another striker to their squad before Thursday’s deadline, as well as the return of Idrissa Gueye from PSG.
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