Former Sunderland and Aston Villa star not surprised by Newcastle United £100m exit talks

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The latest transfer talk from St James Park as Newcastle United prepare for a busy summer transfer window.

Former Sunderland striker Darren Bent believes Newcastle United will find it ‘incredibly difficult’ to retain Anthony Gordon if Manchester City make a move for the England international.

The Magpies reportedly entered into talks over a possible deal that would have taken Gordon to Liverpool last month as they reached the final stages of their battle with the Premier League’s profit and sustainability regulations. Although the sale of the former Everton star was said to be a last resort in a bid to avoid a similar penalty to those handed out to Nottingham Forest and Gordon’s old club last season, tentative talks are believed to have been held but came to an end due to Newcastle’s lofty demands for one of their most important players.

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Although Gordon remains on international duty as he looks to help England reach the final of Euro 2024 on Wednesday, talk over his future at St James Park has continued to dominate the headlines after Premier League champions City were said to have ‘entered the race’ for his signature. Newcastle have dismissed talk of a move to the Etihad Stadium and as it stands City are well stocked in wide areas after they completed the signing of Savio from Troyes and he will go into competition with Jeremy Doku, Bernardo Silva, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Oscar Bobb for a palce in Guardiola’s starting lineup. However, that situation could change after there was talk Grealish and Silva could be allowed to leave City during the summer transfer window.

It would be no surprise if City were to make a move for Gordon after the Magpies star scored 12 goals and provided 11 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions last season. The stats only really tell half of the story when it comes to the winger’s impact on Eddie Howe’s side as he provided energy, ability and drive in abundance throughout what was a challenging season for the Magpies. His performances also earned Gordon as maiden call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad in March and he will hope to add to his four senior caps and replicate last summer’s European Under-21s Championships win with the Three Lions over the next week.

Former Sunderland star Bent has assessed the situation surrounding Gordon and he is not surprised City are said to have an interest in the Magpies star. He told talkSPORT: “Pep has looked at him and you know what Pep is like. It must be incredibly difficult, and even though Newcastle is a big club, when a side like Manchester City comes calling and a coach like Pep. You know what Pep can turn you into, so it doesn’t surprise me. If Pep sees something in Anthony Gordon that he likes, then it’s going to be incredibly difficult if they really do pursue that and for them to keep him.”

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