Everton ‘confident’ over securing huge Pickford deal

Date published: Tuesday 13th June 2017 10:28

Everton have held talks with Sunderland are are believed to be close to agreeing a deal which could reach £30million for Jordan Pickford.

The England Under-21 star is Everton’s No.1 goalkeeper target and Ronald Koeman’s men are “growing increasingly confident” of signing the 23-year-old, reports the Daily Telegraph.

“Sunderland rejected an initial bid from the Merseysiders last month but sources in the north-east have admitted that talks are now reaching a conclusion,” reports the broadsheet.

Pickford is set to undergo a medical when he returns from international duty in Poland, which may well be next month, if England progress to the latter stages of the tournament.

The Washington-born keeper is contracted until 2020 and Sunderland will insist that their valuation is met before allow the local lad to move on.

Pickford claimed last week that the club’s relegation to the Championship was hard to take, but said he was focused on England’s Euro Championship bid.

Pickford 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.”

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