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Newcastle ‘confident’ of beating Chelsea to Everton star

The Magpies are looking for additions this winter

Newcastle United are confident of beating Chelsea to the signature of Anthony Gordon this January as they look to bolster their ranks before the end of the transfer window.

Eddie Howe’s side are in a race for European football, with the Magpies currently sitting third in the Premier League, six points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham in a race for the Champions League spots.

And they are looking to strengthen their squad this winter in order to consolidate European football at St James Park next season for the first time in two decades, with signings expected to be made.

Asked on potential additions, Howe confirmed that work was being done, explaining that “There is a lot of work going on but there is no positive news to bring you (so far).”

But, as per the Telegraph, there is confidence that the Magpies can beat Chelsea to the signing of Anthony Gordon, for whom the Blues saw several bids rejected last summer.

The 21-year-old forward has struggled with the rest of the Everton side this season, with the Toffees currently 19th in the Premier League and having just sacked manager Frank Lampard. Additionally, they have seen a loan move for Arnaut Danjuma hijacked by Tottenham at the 11th hour.

“They are hoping to finalise a deal to sign Gordon in the next few days and believe Everton are willing to sell, though both clubs are apart in their valuations of the player”, the Telegraph report.

Alternatively, they add, a move for Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea on an initial loan basis could prove possible should Everton be unwilling to compromise, with Howe desperate to bolster his attacking options ahead of the second half of the season.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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