Conor Coady joins Everton on loan as Wolves sign Guedes for £27.5m | Wanderers of Wolverhampton


Everton new signing Conor Coady has pledged to ‘help the club go forward’ after going on a season-long loan from Wolves. Bruno Lage sanctioned the temporary departure of his captain to allow him to play football regularly in preparation for the World Cup. Everton will have an option to buy the England centre-back at the end of the season.

Wolves, meanwhile, have made Valencia striker Gonçalo Guedes their second summer signing in a £27.5million deal.

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

Coady is a victim of Lage’s decision to switch tactics in the offseason and opt for a back-four, favoring Nathan Collins – a £20.5m summer arrival from Burnley – and Max Kilman in a defense center two. Coady has played in a back five for the majority of his time at Wolves, who he joined from Huddersfield in 2015. Everton tend to operate with a back five and Coady could fit 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.

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

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

Wolves remain 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 Traore is sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Wolves intend to keep Morgan Gibbs-White amid serious interest from Nottingham Forest, who have seen three offers rejected for the midfielder and remain keen on the player.

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