Everton have made an enquiry about Norwich’s Ben Godfrey as they continue their search for a new centre-back.
However, having already spent big in this transfer window, Everton are only interested in a loan deal, while Norwich would like a substantive purchase.
The Canaries value Godfrey at more than £25m, and unless they are prepared to accept a compromise deal – potentially with an initial loan deal followed by an option to buy – Everton are unlikely to pursue the matter.
Carlo Ancelotti’s first choice option – a loan deal for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori – is making no progress, because Frank Lampard wants more cover with the current absence from the first team of Antonio Rudiger.
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 that 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.”
‘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.
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