Danny Mills claims that Ben Godfrey is “one for the future” as Everton confirmed the signing of the Norwich City defender on deadline-day.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international claimed that it is a “win-win” deal for the Toffees as the 22-year-old has significant resale value.

The club confirmed the capture of the centre-half from the Canaries today after this site revealed on Saturday that he was set to sign a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

A number of Premier League sides expressed an interest in the England Under-21 international this summer, with both Fulham and Newcastle among those clubs.

Godfrey was a mainstay for Norwich last term and made 30 Premier League appearances as the Canaries were relegated back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Everton’s newest recruit, Mills said: “It is one for the future.

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“They are thinking ahead and have identified someone that they believe can be a long-term solution at centre-half for the club.

“Mina has suddenly looked like a better player now that he has some protection in front of him and Keane has also started the season well. But as a club you are always looking to improve.

“Even if it does not work out for Godfrey at Everton, he will develop there and they could possibly sell him on later for a fee and make money that was as well. It is a win-win for everybody.”

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that Southampton have agreed to sign Theo Walcott but won’t pay all his wages.