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Report: Newcastle and Fulham wanted defender, but Everton set to win race

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Report: Newcastle and Fulham wanted defender, but Everton set to win race

The Times have claimed that Newcastle United and Fulham both wanted to raid Norwich City and sign defender Ben Godfrey, but it appears the highly-rated centre-back is set to join Everton for a fee that will cost an initial £25million.

Godfrey, 22, was one of Norwich’s core players that played the majority of their Premier League matches last season. In his 30 appearances in the top flight, Godfrey caught glances from admiring onlookers – seemingly including Everton.

The Toffees have agreed a deal of £25million plus add-ons with a move now expected to go through before Monday’s deadline, as per The Times. But Everton have had to fend off competition to sign the England Under-21 ace.

 

Indeed, the latest report states that both Newcastle and Fulham wanted Godfrey with Norwich requesting as much as £30million plus add-ons. But Everton have agreed a fee, and a move is now said to go through, to Goodison Park.

BBC Sport state that a medical is expected to happen on Friday, with personal terms unlikely to be an issue.

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TBR’s view – Everton is the best move for Godfrey

Just look at Dom Calvert-Lewin. Carlo Ancelotti is a world-class manager and is renowned for his man-management skills, getting the best out of his players. Calvert-Lewin has improved dramatically since the arrival of the Italian boss.

Fulham look destined for relegation and the last thing Godfrey wants is a second successive relegation. Newcastle need a defender, but a move to Everton will further Godfrey’s career – even if he does not start to begin with.

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