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Ben Godfrey transfer could be shrewd move that makes Everton’s window even better

With just a few days left of the full transfer window, it’s no surprise to see rumours start to ramp up around the futures of certain players.

In terms of Everton, the Blues have had a good summer so far. They have addressed big issues in the squad, added four quality players to the ranks, and are looking much more competitive for the campaign ahead.

However, there’s still an understanding across the fanbase that the club’s work isn’t done yet.

Carlo Ancelotti has made no secret recently of his desire to bring a new centre-back in to Goodison Park before the summer is over, while there are still a number of stars on the books that will need to find moves away from the the Blues.

In terms of the former ambition, then Everton’s plans look to have become a little more clear recently.

The ECHO understands that Ben Godfrey has emerged as the Blues’ top target to fill their need for a central defender this summer, and that the Norwich City star is keen on the move.

However, he’s not the only option – as Everton are known to hold an interest in both Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori and Barcelona man Jean-Clair Todibo.

Ancelotti said about Godfrey on Wednesday: “We are looking for a centre-back, we are short there.

“Godfrey is a really good centre-back but he plays, in this moment, for Norwich. I cannot say anymore.”

But, the pursuit of the Championship star does grant Everton a little bit of leeway in terms of the upcoming transfer deadline day.

Because, while the window for Premier League sides trading between each other and with any overseas clubs ends on Monday, that’s not the case for prospective transfers with Football League clubs.

In fact, the deadline for Everton to deal with any EFL side for any incomings or outgoings is October 16, giving an extra 11 days to get potential moves over the line.

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In essence, that could help dominate the club’s priorities over the coming days.

With a potential move for Godfrey still available to the Blues following Monday’s deadline, more of an emphasis can perhaps be placed on the other work that needs to be done before the closure of the window.

There are still a number of players in the squad who are extremely unlikely, at best, to be handed an opportunity at Everton over the course of the coming term.

With a bloated amount of players at Finch Farm – Ancelotti, Marcel Brands and the rest of the club’s hierarchy know that finding temporary or permanent switches for many of these fringe players is a must.

The likes of Muhamed Besic, Sandro Ramirez and Yannick Bolasie are unlikely to get a chance to impress and the club will be actively looking for interested parties to make themselves known.

 

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They are unlikely to settle for a move to a lower league in England, and so will be looking to complete any loan or permanent switch before Monday’s deadline.

Everton may well be allowed to focus the majority of their efforts on this work, which is equally important in the grand scheme of the window as a whole, with the knowledge that any switch for Godfrey can still be secured in subsequent days.

Of course, this would change if the Blues decide to pursue one of their other central defensive targets – and does comes with the risk of another club perhaps coming in for the Norwich City man.

But, if this is the case, it could be a shrewd move which could help turn Everton’s great window so far into a brilliant one.

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