By Noel Whelan

19th Sep, 2022 | 11:00am

Everton backed to agree 'substantial' Gordon deal as talks open - expert

Noel Whelan has claimed Everton will be looking to include a “substantial release clause” in any new contract for star man Anthony Gordon.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted guaranteeing a potential big-money fee will allow the Toffees to replace the 21-year-old.

Speaking before Everton’s 1-0 win over West Ham on Sunday (18 September) and quoted by the Liverpool Echo, manager Frank Lampard confirmed the club are “speaking” to Gordon’s representatives about a new contract.

The winger’s current deal runs until 2025.

Football Insider revealed last month (28 August) that Chelsea had launched a player-plus-cash bid for Gordon worth £85million – but the winger remained at Goodison Park past the 1 September deadline.

Tottenham and Newcastle United have also previously been linked with the England Under-21 international.

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When asked if the Toffees will look to include a release clause in any new deal, he told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Absolutely, it’s a no-brainer.

“He’s a very important player for Everton so it was no surprise to see the interest in the summer.

“He’s still putting in the performances. This interest hasn’t taken any of the focus or hard work away from his game.

“It shows a strong mentality and real professionalism.

“But when you’re coming to agreeing a new contract now, for both parties, you’ve got to look at putting in that release clause.

“It’s got to be a figure which will allow Everton to go out and get a replacement. It will be a substantial figure, there’s no doubt about that.

“They won’t allow him to leave for anything less than a substantial amount – because that’s what they’ll need to replace a player like that.”

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