Anthony Gordon missed the second day of training with Everton on Wednesday amid talks over a potential £35m move to Newcastle.
Everton rejected a £40m offer from Chelsea for the England Under-21 international last summer, and have placed a £55m valuation on the home-grown talent, but look set to accept less after further talks with Newcastle. Gordon is believed to be keen on a move to the North East and has not trained with Everton as the two clubs discuss a deal. Everton said the 21-year-old’s absence was planned.
Gordon’s exit will generate funds for Everton to make their first signing of the January window after a loan deal saw Tottenham poach Villarreal forward Arnout Danjuma.
However, their priority is to find a new manager after sacking Frank Lampard on Monday.
Despite reservations about Marcelo Bielsa’s job, Everton remain in contact with the former Leeds manager, who is boss Farhad Mossiri’s first choice. Everton know it will be difficult to attract Bielsa in mid-season and in the midst of a relegation battle and a number of candidates are under consideration. Sean Dyche’s representatives have been contacted and the former Burnley manager would welcome the chance to restart his managerial career at Goodison Park.