Everton are closing in on the signing of defender Ben Godfrey.
The finer details of a deal to bring to 22-year-old to Goodison still need to be resolved but the Blues are now confident of securing his transfer.
Godfrey is expected to cost Everton around £25m.
The Norwich City defende r has emerged as the club’s first-choice target and though the club had been looking at bolstering their defensive options with a loan signing, Godfrey’s availability forced them into a re-think.
Carlo Ancelotti described the England under-21 international as a “really good centre-back” following Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup won over West Ham United.
Fikayo Tomori and Jean-Clair Todibo have been the other two players on Everton’s shortlist in recent weeks but Everton are moving in on Godfrey.