Everton's statement confirming Anthony Gordon's move to Newcastle United is incredibly blunt
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Anthony Gordon has completed a transfer to Newcastle United - with former side Everton confirming the news via a blunt statement online.
The 21-year-old had been with his boyhood club since the age of 11 and rose through the ranks, eventually playing a vital role in their Premier League survival last season.
He was linked with a move to Chelsea over the summer but stayed at Goodison Park after the Blues failed to meet Everton's £60 million asking price.
Gordon scored seven goals in 78 first-team appearances but his conduct over the last few weeks has outraged supporters.
The England U21 international missed training at Finch Farm on Tuesday due to a planned absence, but didn't return on Wednesday or Thursday.
Gordon completed his move to Newcastle on Sunday and Everton confirmed they accepted a bid of an undisclosed amount after the winger submitted a formal transfer request.
The statement on Everton's website is rather blunt, given Gordon's connection to the club over the last decade, although the way his final few months on Merseyside have gone down doesn't make for pleasant reading.
It reads: "Anthony Gordon has joined Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.
"The 21-year-old forward leaves Everton after having submitted a formal transfer request.
"Gordon joined the club’s academy at the age of 11 and made his senior debut as a 16-year-old in a Europa League tie in December 2017. He went on to make 78 First-Team appearances, scoring seven goals."
Gordon is Newcastle's first signing of the transfer window, with the Magpies flying high in the Premier League. Newcastle are currently third in the table and have one foot in the Carabao Cup final, holding a 1-0 lead over Southampton following their first leg showdown last Tuesday.
Gordon told NUFC TV he wanted to move to St. James' Park as soon as he heard Newcastle were interested. He believes he can develop further under Eddie Howe, who has improved several players since becoming manager.
He said: "Since I heard of the interest, I was always convinced Newcastle were for me.
"I think the fan base and the city really suits me as a person, the way the team are playing under the gaffer at the minute really suits me, and the club just look like they're heading in the right direction.
"I feel like it's a really big step. People haven't seen what I'm capable of yet. I think under the gaffer, and the way the club's going, I can really excel here."
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