By Noel Whelan

22nd Jun, 2021 | 5:00pm

Everton tipped to pull off 'massive coup' for Mina upgrade amid transfer green light - pundit

Everton could pull off a “massive coup” by signing Conor Coady from Wolves, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Molineux ace would be a significant upgrade on Yerry Mina.

As revealed by Football Insider last week (June 17th), prospective new manager Rafael Benitez has given the green light for Everton to launch a raid for the 28-year-old if he lands the job.

The Toffees are in the market for a new centre-back and have identified Coady as a top target.

Whelan insisted Everton need to strengthen their back line this summer.

He suggested Coady would be a “great addition” to the squad at Goodison Park.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think that’s where they’ve fallen short at times, that defensive part.

“Yerry Mina has been in and out, his consistency has not always been there. When you look at the way Conor Coady’s gone about his job with Wolves, I think he’s been consistent. That’s why he’s in the England squad.

“He’d be a great addition, he’s a leader out there and he’d be coming back home back to Liverpool. There’s not too many good English centre-backs out there you’d look at. He’s in a bracket of maybe five.

“To get that over the line and to get a player like that in who knows the Premier League has been a captain for the club at Wolves, that is a massive coup. He’d be a great addition to that squad.”

Mina, 26, played 24 times in the Premier League for Everton last season.

Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate are the Toffees’ other senior centre-back options.

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