Ben Godfrey edges closer to sealing £25m move to Everton as Norwich City defender ‘passes medical’ ahead of Goodison Park switch
- Ben Godfrey has reportedly passed his medical ahead of a move to Everton
- Norwich City accepted an offer worth £25m for the young defender this week
- Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been keen to bolster his defence this summer
Ben Godfrey’s move to Everton is edging closer after the Norwich defender completed his medical ahead of a £25m switch to Goodison Park, Sky Sports reports.
Everton’s latest bid, worth £25million plus add-ons which could rise to £30m, was accepted by the Canaries for their star defender earlier this week.
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.
Ben Godfrey has reportedly passed his medical ahead of a £25m switch to Everton
And Sky Sports report that Godfrey has passed his medical and will be announced as an Everton player shortly.
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 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.
Norwich accepted the bid earlier this week and the young defender is close to moving
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been keen to bolster his defensive options this summer
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.
Norwich boss Daniel Farke confirmed on Friday that his defender was close to leaving the club.
‘I can confirm he hasn’t trained with us today (Friday) because he’s in more than advanced talks with his agent and a club,’ said Farke. ‘I’d say it’s likely a deal is done in the next hours or days, but if not I’m a happy man.
‘Whoever signs Ben can be happy. It’s no coincidence he’s played for England U21s. It will be a record fee for Norwich City, so that says a lot about his potential.
‘I’m pretty sure one day he’ll play for the best clubs in the world. He has the potential to lead the proper Three Lions, so I’m pretty happy I’ve been able to work with him so far.’
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