Everton dismiss Dan Gosling agent claims as 'ludicrous'
Gosling made 22 appearances for Everton, scoring four goals
Everton have hit back at claims by Dan Gosling's agent David Hodgson that they wanted rid of the departed midfielder.
Gosling joined Newcastle as a free agent last week after Everton failed to formally offer him a new deal in May.
Hodgson accused Everton of complacency over Gosling's contract and assuming the knee injury he suffered in March would deter other clubs' interest.
But Everton described both claims as "ludicrous", adding they had verbally agreed on a new contact for Gosling.
In a statement, Everton claimed an interview given by Hodgson to The People newspaper had "distorted" the events which led to Gosling's exit.
It read: "In the article, Mr David Hodgson suggested that not only did this club not wish to extend Mr Gosling's stay at Goodison Park but that it had been deliberately tardy with regard to the formal offer of a new contract, presuming that an injury sustained by the player during the course of last season was of such a serious nature it would prevent him from signing for another club.
"Both claims are ludicrous, totally without substance and grossly misleading."
Gosling, who moved to Goodison Park in 2008 from Plymouth, was entitled to leave the Toffees on a free transfer after the club failed to give the out-of-contract player a written offer by a mid-May deadline.
Ordinarily, clubs are entitled to receive compensation for any player under-24, but a Premier League tribunal acknowledged that the Magpies could acquire Gosling without paying compensation, which could have been in the region of £4m.
"Everton had an obligation to offer him a contract in writing by the third Saturday in May," Hodgson was quoted as saying at the weekend.
"They could have offered him one pound more than his old contract and could have kept him or got a fee for him at a tribunal.
"I rang Dan that day to ask if he had got the letter. It hadn't arrived. He wasn't jumping around the room in delight because he was a free agent. He was broken-hearted, in tears."
Everton, though, are adamant that a "handshake agreement" was in place and they were never given any indication that Gosling wanted to leave.
"It was Everton's understanding that this gentleman's agreement would guarantee that the player would extend, by at least two years, the three-year deal he signed upon his arrival from Plymouth Argyle," continued the club's statement.
Toffees manager David Moyes said: "We feel aggrieved that they have contrived a situation to get the player out of the club."
"If he had come and said that he wanted to leave, we could at least have done something about it - but at no point did Dan say he wished to leave."
Moyes also appeared to scoff at Hodgson's suggestion that Gosling was "in tears" when a written offer was not forthcoming from Everton.
"Trust me, the money Everton were offering was certainly not a crying matter," the Scot added.
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