Whelan: Everton backed to sign 'Nuno's Rodriguez' as source reveals double transfer update
Noel Whelan is in no doubt Nuno Espirito Santo will try to bring Conor Coady to Everton if he lands the job.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the centre-back is exactly what the Toffees have been missing.
Football Insider revealed yesterday (14th June) that Everton are planning moves for Wolves duo Coady and Pedro Neto but a club source explained they need to sell before they buy to meet financial fair play rules.
The Merseysiders are in advanced talks with Nuno, 47, and are hopeful of finalising a deal in the coming days.
Coady, 28, came through the Liverpool academy and grew up on Merseyside.
The defender only missed one Premier League game at Wolves under Nuno’s leadership.
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Whelan insists Nuno should bring Coady to Everton instead of looking abroad to sign a seasoned foreign international.
“He [Coady] knows the league and the game here in England,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“That’s worth a lot more than a very good international foreign player coming in. You have to know the Premier League.
“It’s so different to playing abroad, it’s more dynamic, quicker, aggressive. That’s probably what’s been missing at Everton.
“Every manager at every club brings in their own players. Carlo Ancelotti did it with Allan and James Rodriguez. Coady can be Nuno’s Rodriguez.
“Nuno knows where Everton were weak last season and that was at the back. They have a great attacking force and a strong midfield.
“Of course Coady’s from the area as well, that could appeal to him.
“I have no doubt Nuno will sign players he’s worked with before and trusts if he gets the job.”
Coady joined Wolves from Huddersfield Town in 2015.
He also has two senior appearances for Liverpool to his name.