Frank Lampard has revealed that Everton have set a deadline by which they want the future of rumoured Tottenham target Anthony Gordon to be resolved.
Reports over recent days have indicated that Chelsea are the front-runners to snap up Gordon, with The Times claiming on Tuesday that the Blues are ‘confident’ of winning the race for the £50m-rated winger despite having two offers turned down by Everton.
Football Insider subsequently claimed that Tottenham are set to rival Chelsea for the Everton starlet and that the North London club were readying a formal offer of their own for the 21-year-old.
The report added that Spurs have held preliminary talks with Gordon’s camp and have received encouragement that the player is keen on moving to N17.
Lampard has now explained that Everton want the youngster’s future to be resolved by a specific date but he refused to divulge the deadline that has been set.
The Everton boss told The Daily Mail about Gordon’s future: “We have drawn a red line. It is very difficult. I got asked last week, ‘Will he be here at the end of the window?’. It was an impossible question to answer, really. But I am working to try and put a squad together.
“There absolutely has to come a time where we understand what the squad is going to be, especially a player of the level of Anthony.
“I have to know he is going be here and the good thing is here at the club, myself and everybody involved upstairs has the same kind of thinking. I won’t say where it (the cut-off point) is, but I think you understand I am getting very close to it.
“Anthony is going to be a top, top player for club and country and these are experiences he is going to gather over his career. He’ll just have to take those experiences and get a bit better for them.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I do not see Spurs spending £50m-plus on someone who is going to be a bit-part player this season, even if the club are convinced that Gordon has the potential to eventually develop into a top player. I expect us to go after a cut-price option like Adama Traore or Ruslan Malinovsky to replace Bryan Gil.
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