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Moyes looking at Craig Gordon

26/11/2012 | Comments (11)
David Moyes is apparently looking at Craig Gordon as a potential recruit to add more competition for Tim Howard in the Everton goal.

The Scot was signed with much fanfare by Sunderland for a staggering £9m five years ago but left the Stadium of Light as a free agent this past summer having failed to live up to the hype.

A number of clubs are said to be interested in picking him up on a free transfer and, with Jan Mucha's contract up at the end of the season, Moyes may be tempted to bring Gordon to Goodison.

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Ben Jones
381 Posted 26/11/2012 at 22:37:00
This is a strange one.

He is evidently crap now and really injury prone, but he used to be a very good keeper.

If Moyes can get him back to that standard, then it would be a fantastic buy, he's as good, if not better than Howard, when Sunderland first bough him.

But that's a massive if, but it doesnt seem much of a gamble if he's only a back up and I'm guessing he would be on low wages.

Interesting one though, surely better than Mucha, but I have a feeling its another stop-gap

Mike Gaynes
384 Posted 26/11/2012 at 22:43:02
This looks like more than a rumour... Sky Sports quotes Moyes as saying Howard needs competition now and is ready to bring in Gordon.

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11661/8285384/Transfer-news-Everton-are-plotting-a-swoop-for-former-Sunderland-goalkeeper-Craig-Gordon

He's only 29, and if his knee has healed and he can get some U-21 games in, he could be great to have.

Roberto Birquet
385 Posted 26/11/2012 at 22:45:32
With Jan Mucha's contract up at the end of the season, Moyes may be tempted to bring Gordon to Goodison.
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Sounds a bit like they are stretching for a story in the: it's coming up to January, let's fill up the column inches with transfer rumour rubbish.

The only bright aspect to the sorry performance on Saturday was the complete absence of Coleman. Nowhere near good enough as a defender.

Let's get a RB!

Matthew Lovekin
412 Posted 27/11/2012 at 06:46:07
Surely the 2nd choice keeper should be a promising youngster? I know funds are limited but I'd rather see someone like Jack Butland on the bench, learning his trade and pushing Howard for the starting spot.
Barry Stevens
421 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:09:39
Butland would be a great signing. We were linked with him on deadline day but that was probably pie in the sky.Gordon has to be better than Mucha.

I think Howard's getting some unfair stick. Some of the saves he's made this season have been world class. He could've done better last game, but come on — JH marking Bassong!

Dan McKie
428 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:45:42
Matthew, we have had a promising youngster before in Ruddy, but if they are any good, they eventually want to play some football and leave to do just that. You don't see too many teams with two quality goalkeepers. However, one would be nice (sigh).
Darren Alexander
437 Posted 27/11/2012 at 10:55:11
Although I don't really want to see us pick up yet another injury-prone player, Gordon really was an excellent 'keeper prior to his injury and if he can get back to anything approaching steady form he can certainly give Howard that much-needed competition for the starting spot. Howard really does need real competition, as I might as well be on the bench for all the threat Mucha is to him. Gordon was a great keeper and isn't a hard guy to deal with, so there have been far worse moves for us should this go through.

Although, as much as I don't really care for the guy while admiring him as a 'keeper, I do think that Moyes should have plucked Allan McGregor from the Rangers debacle (incidentally, the 'keeper who took Gordon's spot in the national team.) I think he'd definitely be keeping Howard out by now. We just really need to stop leaking silly goals now, and a 'keeper who firmly decides whether he'll stay on his line or come for a cross would be a good start.
Jim Knightley
438 Posted 27/11/2012 at 11:09:58
You've answered your own question Matthew... Moyes is suggesting we have no funds to spend in January, so where are we going to get £6-10 million from? Especially as we have other issues in the squad.

I can't really see a negative with this story, if true... Gordon was a talented goalie, who had a bad run of injuries. He is a good age, and a six-month contract with a view to an extension seems prudent.

Brian Waring
514 Posted 27/11/2012 at 17:21:05
He broke an arm twice, suffered a knee tendon problem and had anterior cruciate ligament damage, the latter kept him out for 8 months. Sunderland released him because of his injuries and inconsistency. So, do we take a punt......?
Brian Waring
515 Posted 27/11/2012 at 17:38:33
The problem is, Matthew, Butland isn't going to come to us and sit on the bench playing second fiddle to Howard.
Daniel Embleton
536 Posted 23/12/2012 at 06:32:24
I wouldn't touch Gordon with a barge poll... never rated him, another very overpriced goalkeeper! I think we would have to buy big for a Howard replacement.

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