By George Overhill

5th Aug, 2022 | 7:10am

Everton approach Wolves to sign captain Conor Coady, can go under right circumstances

Everton have made an approach to Wolves for their captain Conor Coady and a move is possible if he wants it, according to 90min.

Frank Lampard wants to further strengthen a Toffees defence that was a major weakness during the relegation battle last season, despite already adding James Tarkowski from Burnley.

The manager likes Coady, the 29-year-old former Liverpool player, and the club have now made contact over a potential move.

Despite his central role in the recent history at Molineux, the 90min report says: “90min understands that Wolves would like to keep Coady but also will not stand in his way should he wish to leave Molineux.”

This echos what the local Express & Star outlet had reported earlier on Thursday (4 August) when they said: “The player has been a great servant to the club for the last seven years and with a World Cup on the horizon and his Wolves place not guaranteed, the club could be open to letting him go to allow him the minutes he needs to make the England team.”

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The difference between the early weeks of the transfer window and the recent ones is almost night and day, and the club appear to be filled with renewed confidence as they chase down late additions.

It wasn’t long ago that a list of targets including Jesse Lingard, Armando Broja, Maxwel Cornet and Morgan Gibbs-White were proving out of reach for Everton.

But Cornet’s Clarets teammate Dwight McNeil has arrived, and the club are closing in on a major double-signing in midfield with Idrissa Gueye and Amadou Onana, after the latter snubbed West Ham.

While Tarkowski, and loan signing Ruben Vinagre have boosted the defensive ranks from last season, where virtually everything appeared to hinge on the fitness of Yerry Mina, further reinforcements look to be on the cards.

The big Colombian is so often ruled out with injury, and Ben Godfrey was also missing for a lot of the previous campaign, so capable replacements are vital.

Coady divides opinion to some degree, but has led a miserly Wolves defence for years and got himself into regular contention for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.

He also scored the goal which clinched a 1-0 away victory at Goodison Park last season, so if Lampard can convince him a move in his interests he looks to be a reachable target.