Everton have signed England international Conor Coady on a season-long loan from Wolves, who snapped up Goncalo Guedes from Valencia on a five-year contract.
The Toffees beat West Ham to the signing of Coady, with the deal ending the 29-year-old’s seven-season stay at Molineux – including four as captain – at the end.
The move to Goodison Park offers Coady regular first-team football and the opportunity to bolster his claim to be included in England’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Coady was dropped by Wolves manager Bruno Lage for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds – the first time he had been intentionally left out of a Wolves game shirt since April 2017 – and he remained a substitute unused at Elland Road.
“It’s amazing to join Everton,” said Coady, who has been capped 10 times by England. Everton TV. “As soon as I heard the interest, from the manager but also from the football club itself, I really wanted to be a part of it straight away. I’m delighted to join.
“I grew up around the city, I know the football club, the size of this club and what it means for the fans. I am someone who desperately wanted to come here, play for this club. I have family and friends who are huge Evertonians.
“I’m here to give absolutely everything I have for this football club. It’s important that I work as hard as I can to help my teammates, help the club go forward and make people proud. “
Everton manager Frank Lampard added: “We are delighted to bring a player of Conor’s quality and vast experience to Everton, and he fits the way we want to play as a team.
“As well as being one of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League and an England international, his leadership qualities will also stand us in good stead.”
Coady relieves Everton injury crisis
Everton’s capture of Coady brings much-needed reinforcements to Goodison Park after the Toffees confirmed defender Ben Godfrey faces a three-month layoff after undergoing surgery on a fractured fibula.
A statement from Everton read: “Ben Godfrey underwent successful surgery this morning on the fractured fibula he suffered in Saturday’s Premier League opener against Chelsea at Goodison Park.
“The defender will now begin rehabilitation at Finch Farm under the care of the club’s medical team and is expected to be out for approximately three months.”
Everton await the extent of Mina’s injury
Everton have also provided an update on the fitness of defender Yerry Mina, who was also sent off against Chelsea with an ankle injury, the severity of which is not yet known.
The statement continued: “Yerry Mina suffered an ankle ligament injury in the second half of Saturday’s game and will see a specialist this week to find out the full extent of the problem before undergoing treatment at Finch Farm.”
Wolves sign Guedes from Valencia
wolves have completed the permanent signature of Goncalo Guedes of Valence.
The 25-year-old Portuguese international has signed a five-year contract at Molineux and becomes Wolves’ fifth signing this summer.
Guedes, capped 32 times at international level, worked with Wolves boss Bruno Lage at Benfica and further bolsters the club’s influential Portuguese contingent.
Guedes scored 13 times in his best La Liga campaign last season and left Valencia with 36 goals in 176 appearances.
wolves chairman Jeff Shi told the club’s official website: “We are monitoring Goncalo Guedes for a long time and are very happy to welcome him to Wolves.
“He has a natural talent and has performed very well across Europe and for his country, and we believe he is well suited to the Premier League.
“We are always looking to improve the squad with great quality and we were patient to make sure we had the right player.
“Goncalo worked with Bruno at Benfica and played with many members of our team before, so we’re confident he’ll fit into the squad here quickly.
“Very few transfers are straightforward, and this has been no exception, with a number of clubs trying to secure the player until the last minute.
“Now we are delighted that Goncalo is a Wolves player and we look forward to giving him a warm welcome to Molineux this Saturday.”
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