Gascoigne wants to move on

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Paul Gascoigne has told Everton's new manager, David Moyes, that he wants to leave the club because he is upset about Walter Smith's sacking, but Moyes has asked the midfielder to take a few days to reflect before ending his career in the top flight, writes Alan Nixon.

Gascoigne is distraught that his mentor was fired and indeed feels partly responsible, but the sympathetic manager has given him a few days to consider. Burnley are waiting in the wings and keen to take Gascoigne for their promotion push.

Everton will pay Preston a £150,000 survival bonus on top of the £1m transfer fee if Moyes keeps them in the Premiership. Moyes will be given money to spend, but is not rushing into a deal and could wait until close to the deadline to move for a striker if results do not improve.