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Everton are preparing a formal bid of up to £25million for Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 22-year-old has emerged as the Merseysiders’ top centre-back target in the final days of the summer transfer window.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that an offer of between £20m and £25m is being readied for Godfrey after preliminary talks over a potential deal.

This site revealed yesterday that Fulham are also keen on the England Under-21 international and have made an approach to the Championship club.

That was knocked back by Norwich but Everton have not been put off by Daniel Farke’s reluctance to sell the centre-back he regards him as vital to the club’s hopes of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The combination of Everton’s ambition, a team on the up and the opportunity to play for Carlo Ancelotti could prove very attractive for Godfrey.

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Norwich are well placed to secure a bumper fee as he has three years remaining on his contract at Carrow Road.

Everton want a new senior centre-back despite winning all three of their Premier League matches this season with Michael Keane and Yerry Mina at the back.

As revealed by Football Insider, moves to sign Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori on loan and Torino’s Gleison Bremer permanently have yet to result in an agreement.

Englishman Godfrey has started all three of Norwich’s Championship games this campaign.

He made 30 league starts last season and made a strong impression despite the Canaries finishing bottom of the table.

In other Everton news, Alex McLeish tips exciting teenager for 2020/21 exit after talks with Ancelotti are confirmed.