All Whites striker Chris Wood was “discreetly” offered to Everton as part of a swap deal to get forward Anthony Gordon to join Newcastle United, British media report.
The Daily Express says: “Newcastle tried to offer Everton Chris Wood as part of a swap deal for Anthony Gordon but the Toffees were not willing to shake hands on the package.”
The talks took place early in the January transfer window.
Instead, Wood (31) headed to English Premier League rivals Nottingham Forest in a loan deal that could trigger an end-of-season transfer fee of about £15 million if certain criteria are met.
While Wood was linked to former club Leeds United in transfer speculation, the reported talks with Everton have only surfaced due to Gordon’s efforts to force Everton to sell him to Newcastle in a deal said to be worth £55 million.
He has missed three days of training at Everton, in the wake of the sacking of manager Frank Lampard, and reports claim he has told his boyhood club he won’t play for them again.
He has not started for Everton since the mid-season FIFA World Cup break.