'Fantastic' - Exclusive: Whelan wowed as Everton agree terms of speed-machine signing
Noel Whelan is bouncing at the prospect of super-quick Norwich City defender completing a transfer to Everton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Coventry striker believes the Toffees should now be challenging for the top six.
Football Insider revealed early today (Saturday) that Godfrey is set to sign a five-year contract with Everton after completing a medical.
The Merseyside club will pay the Canaries an initial £25million that could rise to £30million with add-ons.
The 22-year-old has been in high demand this window after an impressive debut Premier League campaign last season.
However, it now seems Everton will beat Newcastle United and Fulham to the defender’s signature.
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Whelan told Football Insider: “Everyone has been very impressed with him last season and the season before that when they were in the Championship again.
“A bit like Jamal Lewis, he’s very exciting with loads of pace.
“He’s a great age. You don’t mind paying £30million for somebody that young that you’re going to have on a five-year contract and is going to get better and better.
“It’s a fantastic signing for Everton who have started off the season so strongly.
“It seems like that they’re assembling a really good competitive side that should be pushing for the top six.”
Godfrey featured in 30 top-flight games for the Canaries last season but his efforts were not enough to stop them being relegated.
This season he played every minute of their first three Championship games but was left out of the squad for their game against Derby on Saturday ahead of his move to Everton.
In other Everton news, Kevin Phillips has admitted he was wrong about one Toffees summer signing.