Everton have loaned out Wolves captain Conor Coady for this season.
The former Liverpool player will become manager Frank Lampard’s fourth summer signing and has left Molineux to preserve his hopes of a place in England’s World Cup squad after losing his place in Bruno Lage’s side.
Coady joins in response to Everton’s defensive injury woes, with Ben Godfrey out for three months with a broken leg and Yerry Mina awaiting a specialist’s verdict on how long an ankle problem will sideline him.
Lampard, who wanted more leaders in his side, thinks he has one of the most reliable central defenders in the division in the vocal Coady.
He said: “We are delighted to bring a player of Conor’s quality and vast experience to Everton and he suits the way we want to play as a team.
“Apart from being one of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League and an England international, his leadership skills will be of great benefit to us too.”
Coady, who played two games for Liverpool after coming through his youth system, said: “It’s incredible to join Everton. When I heard the interest from the manager, but also from the football club itself, I really wanted to be there right away. I am happy to take part.
“Growing up in the city, I know the football club, how big this club is and what it means to the fans. I’m someone who really wanted to come here to play for this club. I have family and friends who are massive Evertonians.”
Coady will be reunited at Goodison Park with former Wolves team-mate Ruben Vinagre, who has also been loaned out as half of Lampard’s summer recruits know director of football Kevin Thelwell from his days at Molineux.
Lampard has also signed centre-back James Tarkowski and winger Dwight McNeil from Burnley. Everton are also close in on a move for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, who has been treated for medical treatment at Goodison Park.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/conor-coady-everton-loan-wolves-b2141006.html Everton are loaning Conor Coady from Wolves until the end of the season