Everton have signed defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich City in a deal worth an initial £25m, potentially rising to £30m. Godfrey, 22, joins the Toffees on a five-year contract. He is Everton’s fifth signing of the summer after midfielders Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, playmaker James Rodriguez and left-back Niels Nkounkou.
“It is an honour to sign for Everton and to be part of a huge club,” said the England Under-21 centre-back. “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 am looking forward to working with them and, hopefully, having great times with Everton.”
Everton are the early Premier League leaders after winning their opening four matches. However, manager Carlo Ancelotti wanted to increase his options in defence after injuries to Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite.