Everton were interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Elliot Anderson this summer; however, he could play a key role under Eddie Howe.
Indeed, the Magpies also turned down loan offers from ‘several’ Championship clubs, emphasizing his importance to Eddie Howe’s side this season.
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.
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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.
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.