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Transfer Rumour: Ben Godfrey Attracting Premiership Interest

Southampton, Swansea City and West Brom are all reported to be tracking Norwich City youngster Ben Godfrey.

Sky Sports News reported on Thursday morning the Premier League trio are among a number of clubs to have watched the 19-year-old during an impressive loan stint at League One promotion hopefuls Shrewsbury.

Godfrey has made 16 starts in League One and excelled in a defensive midfield holding role for the Shrews.

Sky Sports News also claim England Under-20s World Cup winning boss and former Shrewsbury chief Paul Simpson is weighing up whether to give Godfrey an international call up in the New Year.

The teenager is poised to return to his parent club in January with the Canaries yet to make a final decision whether he re-joins Daniel Farke’s Championship squad over the second part of the season.

Godfrey signed a new four-year contract with Norwich in August, extending his Carrow Road stay to 2021. The York-born midfielder, who can also operate at right-back, was signed by former City boss Alex Neil in January 2016 after making his first team breakthrough with the Minstermen.

Godfrey has made six senior appearances for the Canaries and scored on his debut in the League Cup against Coventry City last season.

Farke, speaking in August after sanctioning Godfrey’s short term move to the Shrews, admitted it was a tough call.

“If I was selfish I would say, no, we wouldn’t let Ben go,” said the City head coach. “To be honest, on a personal level I am sad because he is a great guy who has improved a lot in pre-season. He was not so far away from the XI but there is a lot of competition in his area.

“Normally, his best position is holding midfielder, even though he has played at right back or centre back.

“It is a smart move for him and the club to give him some minutes in his best position. Here we have Harrison Reed, Alex Tettey, Tom Trybull. He can now build his self-confidence and his rhythm.

“It is important for young players to have some minutes.”

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