Conor Coady has joined Everton on a season-long loan from Wolves and Kelvin Thelwell has vowed to bring in more talent before the transfer window closes.
News broke last week that Everton were interested in signing the England international and they have quickly got a deal over the line.
The Wanderers captain has returned to his home city eight years after leaving Liverpool, where he was an academy graduate.
Coady is manager Frank Lampard’s fourth signing of the summer, following Burnley duo James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil plus Sporting Lisbon defender back Ruben Vinagre through the door at Goodison Park.
The Merseyside club’s move for the 29-year-old was accelerated by Ben Godfrey breaking his leg against Chelsea at the weekend.
Furthermore, fellow central defender Yerry Mina limped off after injuring his ankle against the Blues and will see a specialist later this week.
Coady adds lots of experience having captained Wolves for the last four years and has 10 England caps. He has played 196 times out of a possible 198 league games in the last five seasons.
He will strengthen a defence which conceded a club-record 66 Premier League goals last term and it is understood the Toffees have an option to buy at the end of the campaign.
“It’s incredible to join Everton,” Coady told evertontv. “As soon as I heard the interest, from the manager but also the football club itself, I really wanted to be part of it straight away. I’m over the moon to join.
“I’ve grown up around the city, I know the Football Club, how big this club is and what it means to the supporters. I’m someone who was desperate to come here, to play for this club. I’ve got family and friends who are massive Evertonians.
“I’m here to give absolutely everything I’ve got for this football club. It’s important I work as hard as I can to help my teammates, help the Club move forward and make people proud.”
Director of football, Thelwell, said: “Conor is a top-quality player who I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years. I have no doubt he will be an excellent addition to Everton and our squad.
“Myself and Frank continue to work closely with our Chairman, who has unrivalled experience in player negotiations and we are confident that, together, we will secure the further quality we’ve targeted between now and the end of the month.”
Lampard added: “We are delighted to bring a player of Conor’s quality and vast experience to Everton and he fits into how we want to play as a team.
“As well as being one of the Premier League’s most reliable defenders and an England international, his leadership skills will be of huge benefit to us, too.”
The 20-year-old Belgium international was at Goodison Park on Saturday to watch the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea after undergoing a medical earlier in the day.
Plans are also well advanced to bring former midfielder Idrissa Gueye back to the club from Paris St Germain, the 32-year-old having left in 2019 after three seasons.
But the quest for reinforcements up front continues with striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin out for potentially six weeks with a knee problem.
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