Everton have made a £26m bid for Norwich defender Ben Godfrey.
The bid for the 22-year-old centre-back is understood to be a deal for £20m up front, with a further £6m in add-ons.
Everton appear to have turned to Godfrey with Carlo Ancelotti’s preferred option – a loan deal for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori – appearing unlikely, because Frank Lampard wants more cover with the current absence from the first team of Antonio Rudiger.
Godfrey made 30 Premier League appearances for Norwich last season as the Canaries were relegated from the top flight, and has played in their opening three Championship fixtures this season.
He made his England U21 debut last year, and started both of England’s European U21 Championship qualifiers earlier in September.
Everton have been aggressive during the summer transfer window, with midfielders Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez all already having been added to Ancelotti’s squad.
However, those signings had failed to address the side’s defensive issues, which saw them concede 56 goals as they finished 12th in the Premier League last season.
Despite those defensive concerns, Everton have made a perfect start to the Premier League season with three wins from three games, while they continue their Carabao Cup campaign against West Ham in the fourth round on Wednesday evening.
Year of the underdog?
Everton park their Premier League campaign on Wednesday and take on West Ham at Goodison Park in the Carabao Cup.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher is delighted Carlo Ancelotti has got the blue part of Merseyside singing again.
“Everyone’s talking about the players who’ve come in. James Rodriguez has got that class, and the change of system has really helped them,” says Carragher.
“They had big problems in midfield and now there’s three in there. There are certain teams, including Everton, that I’ve been critical of over the past six years doing this job because they’ve never done anything.
“Liverpool have dominated derbies for too long, but Everton have to make more of a fist of it. They’ve spent a lot of money, and I think it’s good for the competition when big traditional clubs who’ve gone a long time without winning things to be doing well.
“They’ve got to target the cup competitions because the big teams will be fielding weakened sides because they’re in Europe. We may not see the usual suspects winning the Carabao Cup or FA Cup this season.”
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‘Signings have given Everton extra belief’
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville:
“I was at the first game against Tottenham and I thought that was a big moment for them, to give them confidence from wining that first away game.
“They had an awful record against the top six away from home. It’s not easy to win those games but you do expect to win one every 10 games or so if you are a team like Everton.
“Everton just look like they’ve got more quality and more belief. James Rodriguez coming in and the two midfield players, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, have made a big difference in terms of making them more solid.
“They were too weak in midfield last year. Sometimes you looked at the midfield of Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson and you know they are talented, but on the other side of things, you see how the other top teams are playing and you just can’t get away with that in midfield.
“Everton are a lot more serious as a team this year. They’ve shown potential in the last couple of years, but those three signings look to have given them that extra belief. They’ve also got some talented forwards in Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who will cause problems.”
Summer transfer window – key dates and times
The summer transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday, October 5 with a feast of activity lined up on Transfer Deadline Day on Sky Sports News and across our Sky Sports platforms.
A domestic-only window for deals between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday, October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on SSN and across Sky Sports‘ digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.