Alan Hutton has backed Everton to try to sign Conor Coady permanently from Wolves next year.
Addressed exclusively to Football Insiderthe former Spurs and Aston Villa defender has suggested a £20m deal could be on the cards for the 29-year-old.
Coady moved to Goodison Park on a season-long loan deal in August.
The centre-half led the Toffees to their first win of the season against West Ham on September 18.
Frank Lampard chose Coady and summer mate James Tarkowski as his preferred defensive partner.
Coady still has three years left on his contract with his parent club Wolves.
Asked by Football Insider if a permanent move seemed like a foregone conclusion, Hutton said: “It’s an area where Everton needed to be better.
“They needed to be stronger and Conor Coady is a leader.
“I was surprised Wolves let him go on loan. I know he was inside and outside the side, but you miss someone with that experience. He’s an England international.
“Everton were screaming for someone like that. He is a solid defender and above all a very good organizer. He makes the players around him better.
“It improves Everton overall. It was great to get him through the door.
“I think Wolves would want around £20m if they were to sell him permanently. However, it is very difficult to quantify it. He brings a lot to the team so I would say he is well worth £20m.
“I think Everton would pay for that with no problem. He is 29 years old but he does not count on a frantic pace. He’s an intelligent player so he knows where to be on the pitch. Age is not a problem. »
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