By Michael Brown

4th Oct, 2020 | 8:17pm

Pundit Exclusive: Everton near big-money signing of youngster who may go straight into XI

Michael Brown has suggested that Ben Godfrey could go straight into the Everton starting XI if he completes a move to Goodison Park.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Spurs midfielder believes Carlo Ancelotti has not decided on his strongest centre-back pairing.

This site revealed yesterday that the Norwich City defender is set to sign a five-year contract with the Toffees.

The Merseyside club will pay the Canaries an initial £25million for the 22-year-old which could rise to £30million with add-ons.

Godfrey had started the first three of Norwich’s Championship games but was left out of the matchday squad as they lost 1-0 to Derby County yesterday.

Asked by Football Insider whether he thinks Godfrey will make the move to Goodison Park, Brown said: “It’s seemed to come around quick hasn’t it.

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“The rumour came out and it was almost done. It’s gone quite quick.

“I think it’s a great exciting youth signing that can go and progress.

“Coming from Norwich he’s going to a club that has started well and manager and players will be full of confidence

“If I was Ben Godfery I’d be thinking ‘get me to Everton, it’s a great opportunity.

“I don’t think it’s rubber-stamped at the back there as well.

“The two central defenders are not shoe-ins are they?”

Carlo Ancelotti has lined up with Yerry Mina and Michael Keane at the heart of his defence in Everton’s opening four Premier League games.

However, the Italian’s hand has been forced as both Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite are out injured.

The former Real Madrid manager admitted last month that signing a central defender was a priority this transfer window.

In other news, Football Insider can REVEAL Everton have made an approach to sign a proven Premier League striker after a move for Moise Kean is agreed.