Everton have lined up a big-money move for Norwich defender Ben Godfrey, but solely as a contingency ought to they miss out on a deal for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori.
The Toffees have reportedly made an offer worth £26m for the Canaries’ centre-back, but are ready to hear whether or not Frank Lampard will sanction a loan at Goodison Park for Tomori.
Carlo Ancelotti was believed to have made the 22-year-old his precedence signing to reinforce his defence. However, he might now have moved up Lampard’s pecking order as a result of Antonio Rudiger’s scenario.
According to The Telegraph, Everton’s negotiations over a loan for Tomori have stalled because the longer term of out-of-favour Rudiger is up within the air. The Germany international has been left out of every of Lampard’s matchday squads because the first game of the season.
Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as the 27-year-old’s almost definitely suitors, though it might solely be on loan.
The Blues’ head coach is unlikely to permit both Rudiger and Tomori to leave this window, though the latter will likely be reluctant to play the position of fourth-choice centre-back at Stamford Bridge, behind Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.
Tomori did start the Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday night time, though Chelsea’s regular starting partnership is anticipated to be Zouma alongside the skilled Thiago Silva.
The ambiguity surrounding Tomori’s place at Chelsea has led the Toffees to make an offer worth £20m plus £6m in add ons for Godfrey.
While a deal for Tomori would have to be tied up by the Premier League transfer deadline on 5 October, Everton would have till 14 October to seal a move for England Under-21 international Godfrey thanks to the prolonged deadline between the top flight and the EFL.
Godfrey impressed last season within the Premier League, making 30 appearances as Norwich have been relegated back to the Championship on the first time of asking.