Revealed: Club to offer new deal to 21-year-old wanted by Liverpool to replace big-name star
By Harry Talbot
Norwich City are ready to offer defender Ben Godfrey a new contract to ward off interest from Liverpool and other elite clubs, Football Insider understands.
Liverpool have assembled a shortlist of centre-back candidates ahead of the summer window as they prepare to listen to sell Dejan Lovren if a club matches their £30million valuation and have identified Godfrey as a possible replacement.
A source close to the player has told Football Insider that Norwich are aware of the growing interest from Liverpool, as well as Manchester United, in their rising star and are set to offer him a new deal to replace his current agreement signed last year.
England Under-20 international Godfrey, who joined Norwich from York City in 2016, is under contract at Carrow Road until the summer of 2022.
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He has established himself as a key member of the Daniel Farke’s Championship table-toppers since making his first league start of the campaign in December.
In a youthful and vibrant side that needs only one more point to guarantee automatic promotion, Godfrey has made 29 league appearances this season, including 24 consecutive starts in defence since December.
The youngster’s price tag has soared beyond the £10million mark as a result of performances over the last six months but Norwich are eager to keep hold of him and all the other stars of their promotion campaign.
In other Liverpool transfer news, RB Leipzig move in on signing red-hot Anfield ace who has just rejected a new five-year contract.