Everton have completed the signing of Ben Godfrey from Norwich City for £20m on a five-year-deal.
The Toffees were in the hunt for a central defender with Carlo Ancelotti setting sights on Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori on loan but the deal looked far from being successful and Everton’s attention was switched to the 22-year-old.
Godfrey made 30 appearances for Norwich City who have been relegated to the Sky Bet Championship last season but impressed throughout the season alongside Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons.
Speaking after signing for the Toffees Godfrey said: “I think it’s an honour to sign for Everton and be part of a huge club. I’m 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 sleeves. 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’m looking forward to working with them, hopefully, having great times with Everton Football Club.
“Carlo Ancelotti, Marcel Brands and the Board want success for the club and it’s really exciting to be here.
The manager’s past speaks for itself. He has worked with some top-class centre-backs. I’ll be able to learn so much from him and he is going to help me to get to that level which is where I need to be.”