Danny Mills has claimed Ben Godfrey is acting as a ‘spy’ to pave the way for his old Norwich City teammate Max Aarons to join Everton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds United and England full-back suggested the 20-year-old could be a long-term replacement for captain Seamus Coleman.

TeamTALK report Everton are admirers of Aarons having taken a keen interest in the Canaries over the past couple of seasons.

They scouted Daniel Farke’s side extensively before signing Godfrey for a £25million fee last October.

The centre-back has had to fill in at full-back in recent weeks with both Coleman and Lucas Digne suffering with injuries.

Coleman, 32, has returned to the side in their last three games but with his contract expiring at the end of next season, Carlo Ancelotti will be keen to nail down a replacement.

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Asked by Football Insider whether the Italian may have earmarked Aarons as a potential replacement, Mills said: “Quite possibly.

“He’s a very good young player, he’s been talked about with Manchester United and Barcelona with all sorts of clubs interested. Manchester United I don’t quite get because they’ve got Aaron Wan-Bissaka in that position. They’ve already got a young player in there.

“I assume he’ll be talking to Ben Godfrey and asking ‘what’s it like? How do you feel? What’s the club like?’ That always help when you’ve got an ally in the camp, who can give you the inside track.

“I’m sure he can encourage him to come to the football club.”

Aarons missed just two Premier League games for Norwich last season but his efforts were not enough to prevent them from being relegated.

This season, the England Under-21 international has been an ever-present for City who are top of the Championship.

In other news, Football Insider understands Everton have opened talks over a £5million January signing.