Liverpool ready to include Caoimhin Kelleher as part of deal to sign Newcastle United winger Anthony Gordon

Liverpool are planning to include a player as part of the deal to sign Newcastle United star Anthony Gordon.

Anthony Gordon

The Reds have made the signing of the English winger one of their summer’s top priorities, though they had little interest in the deal Newcastle recently suggested. The Magpies offered Anthony Gordon to Liverpool in a swap deal that would have also seen central defender Jarell Quansah and an undisclosed fee go that other way.

Discussions broke down between both clubs after it became clear that Quansah would not be offered in a part exchange. New Reds boss Arne Slot rates Quansah highly and wants to keep him at the club.

Newcastle are looking to raise funds to solve their Profit and Sustainability issues before the June 30 deadline, and despite agreeing to sell winger Yankuba Minteh to Brighton and Hove Albion, there is a chance Gordon could be on the move as well.

Liverpool planning tempting offer for Newcastle to sell Anthony Gordon

Liverpool are now reportedly prepared to bid £50m and also include goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher to sweeten the deal for Gordon, who is open to returning to Merseyside by joining Arne Slot’s side.

The Merseyside giants are understood to value Kelleher in the £25m-£35m bracket, meaning the total package to tempt Newcastle into selling their star winger would cost in the region of £75m-£85m.

Gordon, 23, has proven to be a fantastic acquisition for Newcastle since joining in a £45m deal from Everton in January 2022. The winger, who is representing England at Euro 2024, was one of the bright spots in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Eddie Howe’s side, registering 11 goals and 10 assists in 35 Premier League games.

Gordon’s value has skyrocketed in the past 18 months after his dazzling displays for Newcastle. It remains to be seen what the Toon Army’s riposte will be if Liverpool table a £50m bid plus Kelleher. Newcastle are understood to be keen on signing a new goalkeeper to challenge Nick Pope and Kelleher would be a good fit, owing to his impressive displays during the second half of last season.

The Republic of Ireland international wants to become a No.1, but due to Alisson Becker’s presence in goal for Liverpool, he will have to lead Anfield for regular game time. He has the qualities to challenge Pope and eventually replace him as Newcastle’s long-term No.1.

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