Everton have confirmed the transfer of top Newcastle prospect Lewis Gibson.

In a major blow for Rafa Benitez’ long-term plans, NUFC have lost the left-back who attracted the attention of all the top clubs.

Whilst the United boss is desperate to get rid of any number of unwanted first team squad players, he most definitely didn’t want to lose the 17 year old Geordie defender.

Sadly Rafa paying the price for what has gone on before he arrived at Newcastle United, with Lewis Gibson declaring ‘Everton is a brilliant club and when the opportunity presented itself I wanted to be part of it’.

The youngster’s statement showing just how far Newcastle still need to go before they can convince any young player, especially local ones, that St James Park has everything to offer.

No news of what the transfer was but previous reports have claimed it is around the £6m mark, with potentially some of that dependent on making so many appearances.

Everton Official Announcement:

Everton have completed the signing of highly-rated 17-year-old defender Lewis Gibson from Premier League rivals Newcastle United.

The defender has agreed a three-year contract with the Blues and will link up with David Unsworth’s Under-23s squad.

A product of Newcastle’s Academy, Gibson was a regular starter in the north east club’s Under-18s side last season and, after impressing, he was promoted to their reserve team.

His form for the Magpies earned him a call-up to England’s Under-17s side for this summer’s European Championships in which he was an ever-present as the Young Lions were beaten on penalties in the final by Spain.

“Everton is a brilliant club and when the opportunity presented itself I wanted to be part of it,” Gibson said.

The reputation has long been there that Everton brings through young players. You only have to look at the likes of Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Jonjoe Kenny and several others who are battling for first-team places to know this.

“I’m a player who is willing to put my body on the line, the kind of defender who likes to tackle and is not afraid. I’m excited to be part of things here and I want to continue developing as a player. This is where I want to be.”

Gibson becomes the fifth summer addition to Everton’s Premier League 2-winning Under-23s squad following the arrivals of defender Nathangelo Markelo, forwards Anton Donkor and Boris Mathis and winger Josh Bowler.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Sums up the state of Ashley’s Newcastle.. failure at every Level as standard

    • Jezza

      Yes, and the really sickening thing is that you can guarantee that Ashley is looking upon this transfer as a brilliant piece of business.

      • TwinFire

        I can see that now
        Penfold: “You know that 17yr old kid Everton wanted?”
        Fatman: “No?”
        Pendfold: “Just got 6 mil for him!”
        Fatman: “Get in there sonny Jim! 6 mil for a teenager! Pints on me tonight!”
        Penfold: “Lolz”

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Don’t blame the lad. In terms of ambition, Everton are streets ahead of Newcastle.

    • Rich Lawson

      Agreed,he is going to get game time in a team that constantly gives youth chances and from their current spending are going to have a right go at the top 4 this season.Very sorry we can’t offer the same.

    • TwinFire

      17 year old + £6m = go figure

      • TheNutJob

        could buy us another Riviere

    • Leicester Mag

      It’s not just ambition it’s quality of facilities and coaching. For a club with limited resources as we seem to be failing to produce any player from the youth system and now having the only decent prospect nicked has to be a massive concern whatever you perspective

      • Andy Mac

        Cannot post links on this site any more but Google “premier league training grounds” and compare Darsley to other PL training sites. Even the makems outshine what we have.

    • Coble’s Return

      I agree entirely – no blame at all on Lewis Gibson. However, this must represent a whole new low for Newcastle United. It is one thing to sell the present (Cabaye, Wijnaldum, Carroll etc), but to see potential Geordie stars of the future shipping out because rival clubs offer a better path to the top is gut wrenching. Further demonstration of the club’s lack of structure and ambition. So disappointing.

  • Mark Potter

    Poor journalism from the Mag, again. It’s hardly a “blow” to Rafa when it has been heralded all summer long, and presumably the club have known for very much longer.
    Two bits of easily accessible information that a decent reporter might research: he turned 17 during the last week; and, the bio for him on the NUFC website has “Signed: (blank)” It appears he has never signed professionally for Newcastle, so they haven’t sold him at all. He is in effect a free agent and, now he is 17, he has decided to start his professional career at another club, and a big (for his age) signing-on fee/wage probably tempted him.
    The 6 million “transfer fee” can only be the training compensation due to Newcastle (which seems rather excessive). There will have been negotiation about that, and assessing his value no doubt has caveats about how many U23 and first team games he plays in future. Newcastle would also get further compensation if he is transferred by Everton for a fee before he is 23.
    No doubt he is a good youth player. But he is (just) 17, only played a couple of games at U23 level, playing mainly for the U18 NUFC side. There is a massive risk by Everton, if they have paid that amount. Some will say that there is a massive gamble by Newcastle to let him go, but THEY CANNOT STOP HIM. If there was no contract in place with him when he was 16, then he can sign anywhere he likes.
    Anyway, two other bits of easily accessible information. He originally played with Boro academy, and he comes from Stanley. Mackem would be my guess, not a Geordie who would have been determined to fulfill his dreams and make a success at his home town club. Sooner or later he was going to F off. 6 million to invest in someone who wants to play for the club.

  • MadMag83

    I can understand why he sees Everton as offering a better opportunity for him to break into the first team, but surely any true Toon fan wouldn’t give up the chance to play in black and white.

    • TheNutJob

      even back in the day young players went elsewhere instead of Newcastle
      Shearer, Robson etc, the kids haven`t got a chance up here

      • MadMag83

        Carroll made it, as did Dummett. Not enough admittedly but hopefully things are going to improve. Just a pity Gibson has decided he wants away but I respect his decision. All the best to him.

    • Marveauxless

      Well, last season alone Everton gave debuts to 7 academy players under the age of 20 and have a rich history of developing youngsters into established Premier League players (Rooney, Barkley, Coleman, Baines, McCarthy, Stones, Fellaini, Gosling, etc)
      Newcastle aren’t even comparable.

      • Andy Mac

        Not comparable because in comparison our Academy is run by numpties who have produced 1 home grown player in today’s first team squad.

      • MadMag83

        True, but in past seasons Everton have spent little. Whereas this summer they have spent heavily on established talent so will youngsters still get the same chances as previously?

        Newcastle​ seem to either throw youth in at the deep end and destroy their confidence, or keep them in the youth setup too long which hinders their development.

  • i hope he enjoys being at man utd in 3 or 4 years time everton always sell to man utd in the end :(

  • Franzcarrsuperstar

    Shame. Has always happened though – Carrick, Shearer, Robson – even before the current regime. It will happen again.

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  • Andy Mac

    This is probably the worst piece of business done by this club in living memory ? Our academy is almost a laughing stock and the few quality players that emerge from the mess are either sold or mismanaged. It’s no wonder Gibson wanted to leave and who will want to stay if they show any major promise ?

    • GToon

      And why did he want to leave? What reason has he given? My son plays at an academy and he wants to get into the first team and play for his club. He’s a Toon fan like all of us and his ambition is to play for the lads one day. It obviously wasn’t Gibsons ambition or he wouldn’t have left.

      • Andy Mac

        Have you seen the set up at Darsley ? Have you ever checked the exit door at the end of each NUFC season ? Do you know where the likes of Spear, Tozer, Satka, Edgar, Bigi, Campbell are now ?

        This clubs academy system is not fit for purpose so its no wonder Gibson flew the nest.

        • GToon

          I didn’t think any of those names you mentioned were good enough.

          • Andy Mac

            Quelle surprise 🎉

          • GToon

            Not really. Were any of them internationals or talked about the way Gibson is? Our club had poor facilities at all levels during the time that the clarkies, wattos, howies etc came through. It’s maybe more to do with the position the club is in and the philosophy of the manager than what the changing rooms look like. The game is played on grass after all.

  • GToon

    I take a different view than most on this. If you look at his progress it would suggest that he has a very good chance of making the first team. If at his age he wants to leave without ever playing for the Toon then as far as I’m concerned he can go and do one. I’d much rather fill the team with the Murphys of this world rather than him – players who actually want to play for this club.

  • Mrkgw

    Good riddance. Every chance he will do the same thing to Everton in three years time. If the lad feels no allegiance or affinity to his NE club then we are better off without him.

  • Andy Mac

    FFS how is peeing a fkn word to ban ??? Since Disqus arrived this site has gone to shlte