By Darren Bent

3rd Oct, 2020 | 1:44pm

Exclusive: Everton agree terms with potential big-money signing, Bent: 'He's too casual'

Darren Bent admits he has concerns with how “casual” Ben Godfrey can be in possession ahead of his move to Everton from Norwich City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League striker insists that the centre-back has the ability to be a top-quality defender and that he will improve on the ball under Carlo Ancelotti.

As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday morning, the 22-year-old has agreed terms of a five-year contract at Goodison Park and has already undertaken his medical.

Everton are set to pay an initial £25million for the centre-back, although the fee could rise to £30million with add-ons.

Bent admits he still has some worries over Godfrey’s game but that he could develop into an exciting defender for the Toffees.

Bent told Football Insider: “For Godfrey, to get him in on a permanent signing, he’s still young, he’s got all the attributes to be a top centre-half.

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“He’s a little bit too casual on the ball for my liking but he’s young and I know he’s in that Rio Ferdinand stable as well so maybe that’s where it comes from, that comfortable on the ball and playing out from the back.

“Everton, Ancelotti – I mean, who wouldn’t want to go and play for that manager? Anyone who’s looking at Everton now would go I would love to go and play for that manager.” 

Godfrey has a total of 30 Premier League appearances under his belt after Norwich’s spell in the top-flight last season.

Michael Keane and Yerry Mina have started the season as Everton’s first-choice centre-backs, with Jarrad Branthwaite and Mason Holgate also at Goodison.

In other Everton news, Carlo Ancelotti has been told to pull a U-turn over Toffees star savaged by fans.