England under 21 star Dan Gosling has walked out of Everton for nothing after a monumental administration cock-up by the club.
The youngster had been stalling over a new contract because, despite his super sub status, he did not feel he was playing enough football. And because the Toffees failed to put an offer in writing to him he successfully argued that he could leave on a free transfer.
The Mirror reports chairman Bill Kenwright made several verbal offers to Gosling in an effort to convince him to stay, but none of them were put into writing by the mid-May cut-off point.
A full inquiry by the Premier League found in Gosling’s favour and the Goodison Park outfit will now miss out on the £4 million the could have received if the player’s move to another Premier League club has gone to tribunal.
Newcastle and Sunderland are leading the chase for the new free agent.