Everton reject chance to sign England international for £4.5m; door opens for Sheffield United move

Tarkowski and Coady of Everton Credit: Alamy
Tarkowski and Coady of Everton Credit: Alamy

Everton have turned down the chance to sign Wolves centre-back Conor Coady for £4.5m this summer. Now, Sheffield United are reportedly poised to make a move.

Coady played a key role under Frank Lampard before he was sacked in January. However, since Sean Dyche’s arrival, the 30-year-old has found minutes hard to come by.

Indeed, the Wolves loanee fell behind the likes of James Tarkowski, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane in the latter stages of the season.

Overall, Coady made 25 Premier League appearances for Everton, scoring one goal in the process.

Everton have now turned down the chance to sign Coady. The Toffees had the option to buy the centre-back for a fee of £4.5m, but Dyche decided against doing so.

This was confirmed by Everton in a recent statement. They said: “Conor Coady and Ruben Vinagre have completed their loan spells with EFC and will now return to their respective parent clubs following the conclusion of the 2022/23 season.”

Coady is expected to depart Goodison Park alongside another centre-back – Yerry Mina – who will be out of contract in June. Clearly, this leaves a void in the Everton defence.

Young defender Jarrad Branthwaite has enjoyed a successful loan spell at PSV Eindhoven, so he could potentially play a key role for the Toffees next term. But, Dyche will no doubt be looking to bring in at least one other centre-back,

As for Coady, who is set to return to Wolves, it seems unlikely that he will be in Julen Lopetegui’s plans for next season.

As a result, several clubs have registered an interest in signing the England international. His former club Sheffield United, however, seem to be leading the pack.

This was claimed by Carlton Palmer. Speaking to Football League Worldhe said: “Sheffield United are monitoring Coady’s situation, and he is believed to be interested in staying up north due to his family.

“He played previously at Sheffield United on loan, he knows the club, he knows it well, and would maybe be interested in a loan, if not a permanent move, if United could afford the fee and his salary.”

The Blades are expected to make several additions this summer after securing their swift return to the Premier League. Indeed, if they are to avoid relegation, they could certainly do with bringing in some experienced players, like Coady.

Wolves are not expected to demand a big fee for the defender. Indeed, if Sheffield United match Everton’s £4.5m buy-out clause, it is expected they will get their man.

With that in mind, Coady will definitely be a player for Blades fans to keep an eye on in the transfer window.

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