Conor Coady joins Everton on loan as Wolves target Guedes for £27.5m

Conor Coady is set to join Everton on loan in a deal which could be finalized on Monday. Wolves have sanctioned their captain’s temporary departure to allow him to play regular football in the build-up to the World Cup and Everton will have the option to buy the England centre-back at the end of the season. Wolves, meanwhile, will make Valencia striker Gonçalo Guedes their second signing of the summer with a £27.5m contract.

Coady, a product of Liverpool’s academy, will bolster Everton’s defensive options after Ben Godfrey broke his leg in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea. Coady started every Premier League game for Wolves last season but was among the substitutes as they opened the campaign with a defeat at Leeds at the weekend. The 29-year-old is a popular figure at Molineux and Bruno Lage was happy to keep the defender, but he leaves with the manager’s blessing.

Coady is a victim of Lage’s decision to change his tactics in the close season and opt for a back four, preferring Nathan Collins, a £20.5m summer arrival from Burnley, and Max Kilman in a central defense of two. Coady has played in a back five for most of his time at Wolves, who he joined from Huddersfield in 2015. Everton tend to operate with a back five and Coady could slot in alongside Yerry Mina and James Tarkowski, another summer signing. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has confirmed that 20-year-old midfielder Amadou Onana is set to sign from Lille.

Lage on Friday described Coady as “one of the best people I know in football”. He added: “Since Wolves came into the Premier League, do you know how many games they played? 152. Do you know how many games Coady played? 151. He played every game with me. Massive respect from me to Coady and a massive respect from the club to Coady. Now I have more solutions and I will choose the best for my team, but I can’t forget Coady.”

Guedes has been capped 32 times by Portugal and his arrival is a welcome boost to a Wolves side short on attacking options. Last season they were the top scorers in the league outside the relegation zone, despite finishing 10th. Guedes, who started his career at Benfica, scored 11 goals in La Liga last season.

Wolves are without first-choice striker Raúl Jiménez, last season’s top scorer, who will be out for at least another month with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Adama Traoré is sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Wolves are intent on keeping hold of Morgan Gibbs-White amid strong interest from Nottingham Forest, who have received three bids for the midfielder and remain interested in the player.

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