Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End are in talks with Everton over signing Everton youngster Anthony Gordon this month, according to Football Insider.
Gordon, who made his Toffees debut as a 16-year-old in the Europa League, has caught the eye at Goodison Park this season, making seven appearances in all competitions, including as a late sub in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday.
The teenager also featured 12 times last term, taking his total of first-team outings with Everton to 20.
However, Gordon has only appeared four times since October, and Football Insider believe that both Blackburn and Preston and opened talks with the attacking midfielder in a deal which would see him move for the remainder of the campaign.
Quiz: Who has done more of these 15 things out of Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End?
Gordon was an unused substitute in Everton’s draw with Leicester City on Wednesday night, and any deal would must be completed before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
Whilst Gordon is clearly highly-rated at Goodison Park, with Everton going into the latter rounds of the FA Cup and no European football to contend with, his opportunities are going to be limited.
Gordon turns 20 next month, and I believe that either Preston or Blackburn – two clubs that’re pushing for the top-six – would give him a solid platform to be playing regular first-team football.
Just like Liverpool have done with Harvey Elliott, whose at Blackburn himself, Everton will be hoping for Gordon to gain valuable experience in the Championship.