By Anthony Onifade

12th Mar, 2023 | 8:40am

Conor Coady future at Everton uncertain, £4.5million permanent move now in doubt

Everton signing current loan star Conor Coady on a permanent deal this summer looks “uncertain”, according to Dean Jones.

The 30-year-old joined the Toffees on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers last season, and it was revealed soon after that Everton had the option to make the deal permanent for £4.5m [BBC Sport, 6 October].

The England international enjoyed a fruitful partnership with James Tarkowski under previous boss Frank Lampard, but his form has plummeted since Sean Dyche’s arrival with Michael Keane now the preferred option at centre-back.

And former Eurosport journalist Jones now says it is uncertain whether the former Wolves captain will be signed, even if Dyche can guide the Merseyside outfit away from relegation.

Speaking to GiveMeSport [11 January], he said: “If Everton go down, there are definitely doubts about him staying, even if they stay up, I’m not wholly sure if he’s going to be staying either.

“It’s a strange one, but Conor Coady is an uncertain situation.”

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Having lost his place in the Everton team with Keane replacing him for Dyche, it looks as if the former Burnley manager doesn’t see Coady as his long-term option at centre-back any longer.

The 30-year-old established himself as a key performer for the Toffees throughout the campaign, despite the club’s struggles in the Premier League, but has since lost his place following his mistake against Liverpool last month.

The Blues will be kicking off a major summer rebuild in the coming months regardless of if they stay up or not and it’s uncertain whether Coady will be a part of that.

£4.5m is no small cash, especially for a player who isn’t a guaranteed starter anymore, so a move that appeared a foregone conclusion just a few months ago may now not happen.

Who knows what Dyche is thinking, but what is certain is that Toffees defence will look totally different next season and it doesn’t look as if Coady will be a part of that setup, or even within Julen Lopetegui’s Wolves side for that matter.