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Chelsea and Tottenham may be on even higher alert ahead of the January transfer window after Anthony Gordon’s dazzling display in a friendly Down Under. Everton thrashed Western Sydney Wanderers and Gordon grabbed three of the goals to cut through the noise and send a message during the Qatar World Cup. 

Everton have used the six-week World Cup break to stay sharp by embarking on a two-match tour of Australia. They started it off by beating Celtic on penalties and the Toffees will travel back to Merseyside with smiles on faces after an emphatic win over Western Sydney Wanderers. 

Tom Cannon and Neal Maupay were on the scoresheet in a 5-1 win but Gordon was the star of the show. His tireless running, searing pace and solid finishing had already bagged him two goals as the match ticked towards stoppage time, and he grabbed a third in the 90th minute by cutting in on his right foot and expertly curling into the far corner. 

The superb hat-trick will come as some consolation for Gordon, who may have held faint hopes of receiving a first senior England call-up in time for the World Cup after a strong start to the season. 

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But the phone call never came from Gareth Southgate and Gordon will look to stay fit and firing for when domestic action resumes at the end of December – not only so that he can hit the ground running for Frank Lampard’s side, but he may also have one eye on a potential January exit. 

The Everton youth product attracted serious interest from Chelsea during the summer but the Blues turned their back when it became clear that a bid in excess of £60million would be required. Reports have indicated that manager Graham Potter could be allowed to sign a new winger in January, should the right opportunity come about. 

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Tottenham, who were also credited with interest in the 21-year-old, have great strength in depth up top but Antonio Conte may consider deploying Gordon as a wing-back. The Everton man has shown great energy going forward and tenacity working backwards since breaking into the first team at Goodison Park which could, in theory, put him in a good position to shine in north London. 

Spurs may have the edge over Chelsea in a head-to-head transfer battle given that they’re better positioned to finish in the top four at this stage of the season. Either way, both sides are sure to have taken note of Gordon’s goal-scoring exploits in Australia, even if World Cup drama dominates the football scene at present. 

“I have been fortunate enough to work with fantastic young players in my time at Derby and Chelsea seen them develop and become Champions League winners and worth maybe triple figures,” said Lampard during the summer. 

“Anthony is in that bracket. He is ours, an Everton boy and the crowd relate to him. He is our player and remains so. He is a huge player for us, I am not talking about a number [for a transfer].”

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