Everton have completed the £20 million signing of central defender Ben Godfrey, who has cited the presence of Carlo Ancelotti as a huge influence on his decision.
Everton struggled with a glaring lack of options in central defence last season, with Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate and Michael Keane the club’s only senior options at the back – Holgate having started this season on the treatment table.
The Toffees have been linked with a number of defenders, with Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori and Barcelona’s Jean Clair Todibo thought to have been on the club’s radar.
However, the early league leaders have moved for Norwich’s Ben Godrey, the England U21 international having impressed in his sole season in the Premier League, even though it ended in relegation with the Canaries last term.
Speaking after completing the £20 million move to Merseyside, the 22-year-old outlined his desire to learn from three-time Champions League winner, Carlo Ancelotti, who has previously worked with some of the games greatest ever defenders during his illustrious managerial career.
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“It is an honour to sign for Everton and to be part of a huge club,” Godfrey told evertonfc.com after completing his move. “I am very thankful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.
“The aim for me at Everton is to win trophies and win games. I like to win. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I care and I am a passionate lad.
“The fans can guarantee they will get 110 per cent out of me when I am on the pitch.
“This is a club full of history that has an exciting team full of world-class players who will help me kick on to the next level. I am looking forward to working with them and, hopefully, having great times with Everton Football Club.
“Carlo Ancelotti, Marcel Brands and the Board want success for the Club and it is really exciting to be here.
“The manager’s past speaks for itself. He has worked with some top-class centre-backs. I will be able to learn so much from him and he is going to help me get to that next level, which is where I want to be.”
Meanwhile, Everton winger Theo Walcott is being linked with a return to Southampton, the 31-year-old having come through the Saints academy before joining Arsenal as a fresh-faced teenager back in 2006.