Newcastle told to forget Liverpool and Spurs bids and build side around Gordon and Isak

Former Newcastle United and England star Chris Waddle would be 'amazed' if the Magpies considered any bids for star men Anthony Gordon and Alexander Isak now their PSR issues have been addressed.

Gordon had been linked with a potential move to Liverpool last weekend with United needing to find a solution to pressing accounting issues. However, Elliot Anderson and Yankuba Minteh were sold on Sunday to Nottingham Forest and Brighton respectively, meaning the Magpies can now focus on strengthening their squad.

Arne Slot's Liverpool could yet revisit a deal for Gordon, but would need to pay around £100m for his services, while clubs such as Tottenham and Arsenal have been linked with last season's top goalscorer Isak. Waddle has backed former Everton star Gordon to stay on Tyneside, and can feels he can improve even further after a stand-out campaign in black-and-white.

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"I was told about Liverpool’s reported interest in Anthony Gordon, and we’ve all seen the stories," Waddle told Lord Ping. "I would be shocked if Newcastle entertained any offer from Liverpool for him because he is one of the players that they will be planning to build around. He had a great season with Newcastle, got into the England squad, and is making the right steps in his development as a player.

"His potential is there for everyone to see, and he will only keep on getting better. I would be amazed if Newcastle sold him. It looks like the club are balancing the books and addressing any PSR concerns with the sales of Elliot Anderson and Yankuba Minteh, so they should be in a strong financial position. It’s always sad to see an academy player leave the club, but that’s what happens and the rules incentivise clubs to sell those players."

Isak goals were a huge plus for Newcastle last season, but it has inevitably led to links with Champions League sides. However, while Waddle admits no player is irreplaceable, he feels Eddie Howe will want to continue to build his side arond the Swedish forward.

"I don’t think that any players are irreplaceable," he added. "Players come and players go, but if you want to be successful, you should do everything in your power as a football club to hold on to your best ones.

"Isak is certainly one of Newcastle’s best players. If you can keep him fit, I don’t think there is a player like him in the Premier League. He is definitely good enough to play for any of the top four clubs in the division, which is where Newcastle want to get to. There was a reported offer from Tottenham that included cash and Richarlison. That’s not a deal I would be interested in if I was Eddie Howe."