According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Norwich defender Ben Godfrey is one of the players Everton have earmarked as a potential signing before the close of the transfer window.
The Toffees have enjoyed a perfect start to the new Premier League season, with three wins from three. And despite currently finding themselves second in the table and only behind Leicester City on goal difference, they don’t seem to be done with their work in the transfer market.
Ornstein has revealed Carlo Ancelotti’s side are still targeting a new centre-back before the window closes early next month, and that whilst negotiations over a loan deal for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori have taken place, they do have other “possibilities”.
And one of those alternatives is named as Canaries centre-back Godfrey, who of course was part of the Norwich side that suffered relegation from the Premier League last season.
Despite still only being 22, Godfrey has already had experience of captaining Norwich, taking on the armband on a couple of occasions in the Premier League last season.
His manager at Carrow Road, Daniel Farke, has waxed lyrical about his abilities, saying: “He is a pretty emotional player and I like that a lot because it means you are capable of finding another gear. When he played in the holding (midfield) role he was able to drag his team through, but playing at centre-back if we are losing or having a difficult period and he starts to get the red mist we have to calm him down. Now he is able to calm himself down, to focus and control his emotions.”
And speaking earlier this year, Rio Ferdinand name-checked Godfrey as one of the best up-and-coming players in the Premier League to watch out for, hailing him for his “huge potential”.
If Everton are looking to add a blend of leadership and youth, then they can find the perfect mix of that in Godfrey.