According to Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope, Everton “expect” to complete the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back Coady.
Hope tweeted: “Exclusive: Everton expect to complete signing of Wolves defender Conor Coady.
“Sources say Everton believe they have beaten West Ham to signature of 29-yr-old.”
Frank Lampard will undoubtedly be relieved that the club are likely to sign Coady before the transfer window closes, and the new signing could not come at a better time for the Everton manager following the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday.
It won’t be the scoreline that will have left Lampard with huge concern after the game, instead, the injury problems that unfolded throughout the clash with Ben Godfrey taken off on a stretcher and sent to hospital, alongside Yerry Mina sustaining an ankle injury during the game too.
Lampard confirmed that both would likely be unavailable for a while in his post-match interview so the addition of a centre-back should now be of utmost defence.
The Wolves captain has enjoyed three top-half finishes with his current club, but now that Bruno Lage is favouring a 4-3-3 formation, Coady no longer fits into the plans of the Portuguese manager and was consequently benched for their first game of the season against Leeds United this weekend.
The England international will likely come straight into the team to form a centre-back partnership with James Tarkowski, who was a huge presence against Chelsea yesterday making three clearances, two interceptions and blocking three shots, earning the highest player rating in the team according to SofaScore.
If the £62k-per-week defender can bring his consistency and leadership skills to the Merseyside club, for which he has been saluted by England boss Gareth Southgate, Everton could strike gold by combining those strengths with Tarkowski’s work ethic in the defence.
Everton are also expected to confirm the double signing of Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye, showing the intent of the powers at Goodison Park to strengthen the team going into the new campaign.
With that being said, Lampard will be keen to get the deal done for Coady as soon as possible to ensure his team can put yesterday’s result behind them and start picking up points in the Premier League.