By Noel Whelan

22nd Jun, 2021 | 3:00pm

Whelan tells Everton to push through Coady deal after intriguing Di Marzio update

Noel Whelan has urged Everton to snub Chris Smalling – and sign Conor Coady from Wolves this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Molineux 28-year-old would be better value for money than the Roma star.

As reported by reputable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio (June 16th), Everton have made an approach over a potential deal for Smalling.

It is said Roma would be willing to sell the two-time Premier League winner for the right price.

Everton are in the market for a new centre-back and, as revealed by Football Insider, England international Coady is a top target.

As such, Whelan suggested the Toffees should push for a deal for the Wolves man.

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“I’m more enticed by Conor Coady, to be honest,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“That, to me, is one that would help the younger players that have just signed you know next to them. I think he’d be a talker. He’d get them organised and somebody the young lads would look up to and listen to.

“They seem to be trying to go a little bit more British at the back with the players they’ve bought in. Conor Coady, to me, would be first on my list.

“Smalling, he would bring you that experience, absolutely no doubt, and leadership. However, I think because you’re looking at Conor Coady, he’s in the England squad now.

“Yes, Smalling has been in there too. However, in the present, the longevity Coady would give you would be more worth the money.”

Smalling played 21 times for Roma across all competitions last season.

He has two years left on his contract in Italy.

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