Everton close to signing Ben Godfrey after Norwich agree club record £30m deal for England U21 defender
- Everton have had a second bid of £25m plus add-ons accepted for Godfrey
- The fee for the 22-year-old defender could eventually rise to almost £30m
- Godfrey is set to have a medical in the next 24 hours and agree personal terms
Norwich had initially rejected Everton’s offer of £20m plus £6m in add-ons but the Goodison Park club countered quickly to reach an agreement.
The fee is a record received by Norwich, eclipsing the previous mark of £20m, plus £4m in add-ons, from Leicester City for James Maddison in 2018.
Everton have agreed a fee of £25m plus add-ons for Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey
Godfrey, 22, is set to have a medical in the next 24 hours with personal terms not expected to be a problem.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has been eager to increase his options in defence following injuries to Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite. He had also been discussing a loan for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori but Godfrey is seen as technically skilful player with big potential.
The England U21 international, who also had interest from Fulham and Newcastle United, joined Norwich in 2016 from York City for £150,000 and played a key part in their promotion to the Premier League in 2018-19. York are due a windfall from the £25m fee as they negotiated a sell-on percentage.
The 22-year-old is set to have a medical in the next 24 hours and agree personal terms
Godfrey will become Everton’s fifth signing of the summer after midfielders Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, James Rodriguez and teenage left-back Niels Nkounkou.
Everton have not yet finished in the market though their priority is to move a few players out. They have received enquiries for Tom Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jonjoe Kenny and Moise Kean who is hoping to return to Juventus.
Norwich, who saw Jamal Lewis leave for Newcastle earlier in the window, had already added defender Ben Gibson from Burnley on a season loan in anticipation of offers for Godfrey.
They have interest from Leeds United in midfielder Todd Cantwell while right-back Max Aarons, who saw a move to Barcelona fall through, is on the list of clubs such as Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Roma.