Leeds United face a tough battle to land Everton defender Ben Godfrey this month, but they could be boosted in their battle by Daniel Farke’s relationship with the ex-Norwich man.
Leeds’ transfer business in January has not got going yet, with no incomings confirmed or seemingly even close at the moment.
Archie Gray hobbling off after a hefty challenge in the win over Norwich City will have had Daniel Farke thinking about adding to his back four, even though he was surely planning on it anyway.
Ben Godfrey linked with Leeds United move
Leeds have been strongly linked this week with a move to sign Everton defender Ben Godfrey, who is not looking like part of the long-term plans under manager Sean Dyche at Goodison Park.
A loan deal has been suggested by the Daily Mail, but the problem for Leeds is that they face fellow competition from clubs in Europe for his signature.
Godfrey is said to currently be preferring a move abroad, with the Serie A a strong source of interest at the moment.
A boost for Leeds comes from talkSPORT this week, though, as they share that the Whites may have a deciding factor in convincing Godfrey to move clubs.
That being Farke in the dugout at Elland Road, the man who broke Godfrey through into the Norwich fold on a regular basis after an impressive loan spell at Shrewsbury as a midfielder, converting him into a defender that can play centrally and on the right.
“Leeds United have joined the race to sign Everton defender Ben Godfrey.
“Sheffield United have also been linked with an interest in the 26-year-old centre-back, while AC Milan are also keen.
“But Leeds could have a trump card in their manager Daniel Farke, who coached Godfrey at Norwich City.
“Godfrey played a key role in Farke’s 2018/19 Norwich side that lifted the Championship title and secured promotion to the Premier League.”
Everton will want assurances of Godfrey being paid for when it comes to potential long-term investment, so that does set us back with him.
However, having Farke here is a major boost for us, knowing that he’s the manager who was getting the best out of him previously.
That might not be enough for Leeds to get this deal over the line, but it certainly gives us a better chance.