Everton football club is set to make a bid for the services of 22-year-old Norwich City center-back Ben Godfrey. If his Championship club accepts the offer and Godfrey signs for Everton, the England youth international will become the 4th signing of the Merseyside club.
The bid is reportedly worth £26 million. However, Everton will pay the sum of £20 million upfront and the remaining £6 million will be paid as add-ons.
In his quest to find answers to his defensive problems, Everton’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti was initially looking at bringing in Chelsea’s center-defender Fikayo Tomori on loan. But the deal looked impossible due to the defensive issues Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard is also battling with.
Hence, Godfrey is seen as the best possible option that will solve the club’s defensive problems since the club’s midfield has been taken care of with the signing of three players – James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Before Ben Godfrey followed Norwich City to relegation, he played 33 times for the club in all competitions last season; he scored no goal and provided no assists. This season, the center-defender has played three Championship matches for Norwich City.
He is expected to join Everton in order to complement the effort of the club’s new signings who have made instant impacts since they arrived at the Merseyside club.
Everton on a mission: the club’s signings so far
James Rodriguez was the first player that Carlo Ancelotti brought into Goodison Park. Everton reportedly paid about £12 million to bring the 29-year-old Columbian attacking midfielder to the club on a two-year deal.
The club’s second signing this summer is 29-year-old Brazil Midfielder Allan. Everton paid Napoli about £22.3 million apart from £2.7 million which will be paid as add-ons for a three-year deal.
After the arrival of Allan, Everton brought in 27-year-old French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford. The Blues paid about £20 million to acquire the services of the midfielder on a three-year deal.
The new arrivals have added flair to the game of Everton so far this season. Everton that finished 12th in the league last season is currently occupying the third spot on the league table. So far, the club has played and won three Premier League matches scoring a total of eight goals and conceding just three.
Everton’s performance so far this season has given fans at Goodison Park a reason to hope that all their investments this season would at least earn them a place in European competition and probably win them a domestic title.