Premier League high flyers Everton have made a breakthrough in talks with English Championship outfit Norwich City over their central defender, Ben Godfrey.

The report via the Daily Mirror revealed that Everton have agreed a £30m transfer for the England u-21 international centre back.

Ben Godfrey had earlier been linked with both Arsenal and rivals Tottenham Hotspur in this transfer window.

He was one of the centre backs considered by the Gunners before a £25m deal was agreed for Brazilian player Gabriel Magalhaes whom they signed from LOSC Lille in France.

Ben Godfrey impressed for Norwich City in the Premier League last term but his performances were not able to save the Canaries from suffering relegation.

Norwich City finished the last Premier League season in 20th position.

Everton will pay an initial fee of £26m for Ben Godfrey plus £4m in add-ons to make the entire deal £30m.

The Merseysiders had earlier offered £26m for the player and had to increase the offer after the first offer was rejected by Norwich City.

The Toffees had offered an initial fee of £20m plus £6m in add-ons totalling £26m. Everton turned their attention to Ben Godfrey after a loan deal to sign Chelsea centre back Fikayo Tomori on loan fell through.


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