Frank Lampard is eager to sign defender Conor Coady on a permanent basis after the 29-year-old’s impressive spell on loan from Wolves…
- Coady joined Goodison Park on loan from Wolves last summer
- The 29-year-old English defender still has a two-year contract with Wolves
- Lampard has impressed the ‘brilliant’ Coady since he arrived at Everton
- Everton boss also said goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is ‘close’ to a new deal
Frank Lampard wants to sign Conor Coady permanently and says Jordan Pickford is ‘close’ to signing a new contract with Everton.
Coady joined Goodison Park on loan from Wolves last summer, but Lampard has seen enough to want to keep the 29-year-old centre-back – who still has two years left on his contract at Molineux – for the long term. .
“Conor has been brilliant in every way since he’s been here,” said Lampard. “I would like to make that permanent at some point. That’s not happening now, but we’ll keep looking at that.’
Frank Lampard wants to sign 29-year-old defender Conor Coady permanently after his successful loan spell so far
The Everton boss is impressed with Coady’s performance and wants him to stay at the club
Coady, who was an unused member of England’s World Cup squad in Qatar, will be ineligible to play when his ‘parent’ club visits Goodison Park on Boxing Day, but Pickford will go straight back into the team and Lampard is there not afraid of. will be any World Cup hangover from either player.
“Conor and Jordan are great because they are low maintenance,” he added. “It must have hurt them – like the whole nation – to leave the tournament because we felt we were doing well, the whole nation did, they were in the ‘bubble’ and I know what it’s like.
“There’s not much worse than that moment [when you go out]. But the beauty of this winter tournament is that they come straight back to their clubs and the Premier League and they know how highly we value them. It is clear that Conor cannot play on Monday, but they have come back with a very good attitude.’
Coady, who has two years left on his contract with Wolves, was an unused member of England’s World Cup squad in Qatar.
Lampard also confirmed that his number one goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is ‘close’ to a new deal
Pickford has been linked with a number of top clubs – including Tottenham Hotspur – after embellishing his reputation as England number 1 in the World Cup, but Lampard says the goalkeeper is close to committing his future to Everton – along with the young star Anthony Gordon and Alex Iwobi, who has been a rejuvenated player since the arrival of Lampard.
“We’re in a situation where we want them to stay and they want to stay – that’s always been the feeling – so we’re very close,” he said.
Lampard doesn’t believe Goodison’s lack of Champions League football will be a problem for Pickford. “I don’t want to speak for him, but Jordan feels very happy at this club. That’s the impression I get. We’re a huge club with a big history and big ambition and he’s a big part of that.
“Maybe I was lucky enough to play a lot in the Champions League, but when I felt comfortable with a club I came in every day with a smile on my face and I looked forward to every game and if Jordan felt like it has, and we can match each other’s ambitions, I don’t think that’s a problem.’