Newcastle United and Tottenham target handed new shirt number in clear transfer message

Everton want to keep Anthony Gordon amid interest from Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Everton have handed Anthony Gordon the No.10 shirt in a move to further warn off Newcastle United.

It was revealed last week that the Magpies had approached the Merseyside club over a possible £35million move, though Frank Lampard made his desire to keep Gordon clear.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season with his boyhood last term - marking his 35 appearances with four goals and two assists to help the Toffees retain their Premier League status.

And in a move to reward Gordon for his excellent form, and ultimately keep him at Goodison Park, Everton have confirmed the winger as their new No.10 - switching from the No.24 shirt.

Gordon is also believed to be in line for a new contract as Lampard looks to build a team around the club’s academy graduate.

Admittedly, a deal for Gordon always seemed unlikely for Newcastle, especially given Everton have already offloaded a key player this summer with Richarlison joining Spurs.

Eddie Howe is in the market for a wide forward, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi among the recent players to be linked.