Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Ben Godfrey in the summer, as Eddie Howe eyes quality Premier League stars to reinforce his defence.

According to The Mirror, Ben Godfrey could become a prospective target for high spenders Newcastle United in the summer. The Everton defender has qualities that could suit the Magpies, as Eddie Howe eyes key defensive reinforcements in the upcoming transfer window.

Newcastle United are beginning to plan their next big moves regarding recruitment, and they have clear targets to pursue. The Magpies spent upwards of £90 million in January to shore up their squad and have so far reaped the rewards by successfully distancing themselves from the relegation zone.

While Newcastle remain way clear of the danger zone, Eddie Howe would want more positive results on board before thinking about his plans for next summer. The Magpies are expected to be one of the top spenders in the upcoming window, with the Saudi backed owners ready to show their financial muscle.

Central defence remains an area of concern for Howe, who wants more quality injected into the backline despite signing Dan Burn in January. Newcastle retain an interest in Diego Carlos, who remains their preferred target, although the Newcastle manager has eyes on a domestic talent.

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With money no object, the Magpies are understandably keen on signing high profile names, although Howe has shown the way by developing some existing stars. The Newcastle manager may want another defender from the Premier League, as it may help the player and club progress rather rapidly.

Everton’s Ben Godfrey is emerging as a key target for Newcastle, as Howe appreciates the defender’s versatile qualities and ability to play different positions. The centre-back thoroughly impressed those in charge of the Magpies when the two teams met last week.

In recent seasons, Godfrey has become a key figure under at least three Everton managers. Those tacticians have admired his qualities and always selected him in one defensive position or another. Newcastle could brace themselves for a huge demand from Everton if the player is made available.

The quoted fees are more than double the £25 million Everton paid to Norwich City for the versatile star back in 2020. Finances are not expected to hinder any deal, favouring the Magpies if Everton get relegated. Regardless of that point, Newcastle could offer lucrative wages for any player, let alone Godfrey.

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