Everton boosted in hopes of quick deal for Conor Coady, Wolves captain wants move
Everton are now “confident” of signing Wolves captain Conor Coady quickly after he expressed a desire to move to Goodison, according to Fraser Fletcher.
Frank Lampard admires the 29-year-old and sees him as the right option to further strengthen his defence, and with the England international’s position at Molineux uncertain for the new season he looks set to join the Toffees.
James Tarkowski has already arrived on a free transfer, but the defence is now in line to be boosted by the arrival of a second Premier League stalwart.
Former BBC journalist Fletcher wrote on his personal Twitter account on Friday afternoon (5 August): “Connor [sic] Coady has told Wolves he would like move to Everton.
“Wolves are willing to sell the club captain and Everton confident of striking deal quickly”.
After the Toffees made contact over a deal it was previously thought that Bruno Lage’s side wouldn’t stand in their captain’s way if he wished to leave, and that appears to be exactly what is happening.
Everton seem to be cramming an entire summer’s transfer business into a two-week period, and if this deal now goes ahead as expected it looks like it will be the fifth one in relatively quick succession.
Ruben Vinagre was quickly followed by Dwight McNeil on 28 July, and just a week later the club are on the brink of welcoming Idrissa Gueye back to the club along with major coup Amadou Onana.
With Coady now on the way too, that will be another 152 Premier League appearances of experience.
Lampard looks to be playing a key role in the increased activity, not least because of his presence helping sway Onana away from West Ham, but Coady looks to be his target.
Kevin Thelwell of course has Wolves links, which will likely help, although it hadn’t made a difference when the Toffees wanted Morgan Gibbs-White.
The recent upturn in the transfer market will be very encouraging to fans who saw little movement for so long during the window, and the back end of the squad is starting to look strong.
But there has to still be question marks in attack, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin ruled out and a gaping hole left behind.
If the club can add a goalscorer to the recent flurry of activity then things will suddenly be looking extremely positive compared to a month or so ago.
Coady is not a game changer, but amid injury and poor form in defence last season, the idea will surely be that he and Tarkowski can provide some nouse and stability at the back which was badly needed.