Everton were interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Elliot Anderson this summer; however, he could play a key role under Eddie Howe.

The 20-year-old attracted the attention of Sean Dyche as he looks to rebuild his Everton squad, while newly promoted Luton Town were also interested.

Indeed, the Magpies also turned down loan offers from ‘several’ Championship clubs, emphasizing his importance to Eddie Howe’s side this season.

That is according to GIVEMESPORT, who report that Everton have ‘tracked’ Anderson, but have been advised that he is not for sale.

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With just two days until Everton’s Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday, the Blues have been fairly inactive in what is a crucial summer for the club.

With veteran Ashley Young joining as a free agent, followed by attacker Arnaut Danjuma signing on a season-long loan from Villarreal, the Toffees are yet to spend.

Sporting CP youngster Youseff Chermiti has reportedly had a medical at the Blues earlier this week, though Everton are yet to make an announcement on the young forward.

Elliot Anderson could have brought goals back to Everton

Anderson could have been an interesting signing for Sean Dyche’s side and is highly rated by those at St James’ Park.

A product of the Newcastle United academy, Anderson made a loan move to Bristol Rovers in January 2022, scoring 8 goals in 21 league games at the Memorial Stadium.

During his time in Bristol, manager Joey Barton compared the young midfielder to one of the greatest players of all time, Diego Maradona.

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Barton told Bristolworld: “I’ve been listening to Bill Shankley tapes a lot today. He talked a lot about a 19-year-old Diego Maradona and how he slows down in the penalty area, exactly like Elliot Anderson does. (He is) such a talent.”

Anderson could have been a very shrewd signing by Sean Dyche, however it appears that the Magpies are reluctant to allow the 20-year-old to leave.