February 24, 2024

Everton defender Ben Godfrey has decided to leave Goodison Park for a move abroad despite January transfer interest from Leeds United, according to Simon Jones.

The Daily Mail journalist reported on Wednesday (24 January) that the 26-year-old is a loan target for Daniel Farke’s side this season, but such a move is unlikely to develop because of the Toffees’ current financial situation and interest from overseas.

While both AC Milana and Atalanta have held an interest in the Toffees defender, there are number of other foreign clubs showing an interest in Godfrey’s services and Everton are expected to sell him before the deadline closes.

Best for all parties

Everton want Godfrey’s wage off of their books this month and while a loan switch to Elland Road would have solved that problem temporarily, it would have likely left the Toffees in the same situation come the end of the season.

A move abroad will likely see the 26-year-old sold permanently and will earn Sean Dyche’s side a healthy transfer fee as well as finally taking the England international’s wages away from Merseyside to ease the financial burden on the Toffees.

Now Everton have to strike a suitable deal to get this transfer over the line as currently, there is no obvious destination for Godfrey despite reports of interest and time is running out to get a transfer completed before the deadline.

Hopefully, a deal will able to be reached that suits all parties in the coming days as Everton cannot afford to keep Godfrey at Goodison on his current wages, especially considering how little he has played since Dyche took over the reins.

 

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