The Daily Express have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur may have an advantage over Chelsea in the race for Everton winger Anthony Gordon, due to the respective positions of the two clubs in the Premier League table.
Gordon caught the eye after establishing himself as a regular in Everton’s starting lineup last season and the winger played a valued role in helping the Toffees retain their Premier League status.
The 21-year-old was sought after during the summer transfer window, with reports indicating that both Spurs (Lyall Thomas) and Chelsea (Sky Sports) had offers turned down for the Everton academy graduate.
The winger has not hit the same heights at Goodison Park in the first part of the campaign but he served as a timely reminder of his quality as Frank Lampard’s men thrashed Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1 in a friendly in Australia on Wednesday.
Gordan netted a superb hat-trick, which included a brilliant curled finish into the top corner in the 90th minute after cutting in on his right.
Football.London reported last week that Spurs are continuing to monitor the England Under-21 international ahead of the January transfer window but suggested that Everton could hold out for a fee similar to the one they received for Richarlison in the summer.
The Express have now said that Spurs may have the edge over Chelsea in the race for Gordan since Antonio Conte’s men are better positioned to secure a top-four finish.
The report further claimed that the Tottenham head coach may consider deploying the Toffees starlet as a right wing-back if Spurs manage to get him.
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Conte has a history of converting wingers into top wing-backs and so, it would not be surprising if the Italian believes that he can do the same with Gordon.
Perhaps, the Spurs boss views the 21-year-old as a player who can cover for Kulusevski as well as operate as a right wing-back, thus potentially replacing both Emerson Royal and Bryan Gil, who I expect to be loaned out.
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