Everton are a ‘bigger club’ than Newcastle, according to Simon Jordan, who expects the Toffees to be sold for more.
A Saudi Arabia-led consortium purchased the Magpies for £350million 2021, but it is claimed Blues chief Farhad Moshiri is looking for £500m for any parties interested in the Merseyside club.
Everton have had a disastrous campaign and are fighting to stay in the Premier League, with Frank Lampard sacked as manager on Monday.
Meanwhile, news broke out on Tuesday that club owner Farhad Moshiri is reportedly looking to sell up and has set a price of half a billion pounds, as fans protest over the mounting problems, blaming the board.
And while Moshiri himself has publicly rubbished those claims, instead insisting he is speaking to ‘top investors’, Jordan believes that to be false and that the British-Iranian businessman really is looking to sell up.
That rumoured £500m asking price is £150m more than the figure Newcastle was bought from Mike Ashley.
And former Crystal Palace owner Jordan believes that is justified – because Everton is a bigger club.
The White and Jordan host said on talkSPORT: “This football club has been for sale for a year, probably longer. So it is for sale, there is no two ways about it.
“Newcastle went for £350m and Everton is a bigger football club than Newcastle.”
Fellow host Jim White interjected, saying: “So £500m is about right?”
Jordan replied: “It is what he has put in, what he wants is his money back. Absolutely [the club is for sale].
“I am surprised he hasn’t double downed on it because it is a way to get out from the problems coming his way, the absolute toxicity that is going to turn on him.
“Once they [Everton fans] get bored of blaming the board, they will end up blaming the person who needs to be blamed – the owner.
“So if he puts up a smokescreen or a flag that he is selling this club, he can turn around say, ‘I’m trying to sell the club, what do you want me to do? I’m going’.”
While Everton are 19th in the Premier League, Newcastle have been flying high since changing ownership and are currently third in the table.
They have lost just once in the league this season and are unbeaten at home, while goalkeeper Nick Pope has ten clean sheets in a row.
Everton, meanwhile, are fighting to stay in the top flight and avoid dropping into the second tier of English football the first time since 1954.
Despite their change of fortunes, though, Jordan still insists the Merseysiders are a bigger club than Newcastle.
He added: “They are not a big club at this moment in time, tragically for Everton.
“They are a big club in my mind and a big club in the desires of those fans, but they are not behaving like a big club.
“And it wouldn’t surprise me, they are in a situation where they have to sell players.”