Ben Godfrey has featured just three times this season.
Under manager Sean Dyche, the adaptable defender has fallen out of favor. The former Burnley manager prefers a backline consisting of James Tarkowski, Jarrad Branthwaite, Vitaliy Mykolenko, and seasoned Seamus Coleman.
The 26-year-old, whose contract expires in 18 months, is therefore insecure as he struggles to get minutes.
Godfrey is anticipated to leave Goodison Park before the end of this month’s transfer window. It is thought that he has the option of signing with Leeds United, Sheffield United, or Serie A powerhouse AC Milan.
However, despite AC Milan’s name being thrown into the mix, journalist Luke Edwards thinks the race to secure the 26-year-old’s signature will come down to a ‘straight shootout’ between Daniel Farke’s Leeds and Chris Wilder’s Blades.
“So there are three options there. I would choose AC Milan all day every day. But I have a feeling this will come to a straight shootout between Sheffield United and Leeds United,” he said on the ‘Transfer Gossip Daily‘ podcast.
“It’s one of those debates which you can put yourself into as a football fan. These are three very different clubs, very different parameters, expectations and situations. I think it’s a brilliant three-way choice.”
During his four years in Merseyside, Godfrey, who joined from Norwich City in 2020 and is now valued at just £7 million (TM), has directly contributed to three goals in 80 games in all competitions.