Sunderland and Everton close to bumper Jordan Pickford deal

Everton a close to sealing deal for Sunderland's Jordan Pickford.

Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 9:40 am
Updated Thursday, 15th June 2017, 1:38 pm
Pickford at Goodison Park earlier this season

The Echo understands a deal is at an advanced stage with a fee agreed.

Everton have met the Black Cats valuation of £30 million once various add-ons and clauses have been added.

The Blues have been one of the frontrunners for Pickford's signature following Sunderland's relegation, looking for a new number one after a mixed season for Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg.

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Pickford is currently away on international duty and said that his future will be settled once England have concluded their European U21 Championship campaign.

He said: "I have spoken to my agent and told him that I just want to concentrate on the Euros and be the best I can be.

“I’ll see where it takes me. Being a Sunderland lad it’s a bit hard to take and it’ll always be hard to take.

“Financially it’s not ideal for the whole club. For me, having grown up there, seeing people you’ve known for a long time losing their jobs is not nice."

The 23-year-old has ambitions to challenge for a place in England's World Cup squad and with Joe Hart struggling for form, first team football at Everton could give him a strong springboard to make a claim. He is likely to have a medical following the end of the European U21 Championships.

The likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with a swoop for the prodigious talent but it now seems as if the Goodison Park outfit will win the race.

Manchester City recently splashed out a bumper fee for Benfica's Ederson, while United look set to hold on to David de Gea.

Arsene Wenger meanwhile, recently insisted that he would sign a keeper this summer despite Pickford's sensational performance in a 2-0 win for the Gunners against the Black Cats at the Emirates Stadium.