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Sean Dyche at odds with Everton over ‘top priority’ deal that’ll play havoc with Man Utd and Tottenham plans

Everton manager Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche has quickly determined his number one priority move with a deal poised to affect Man Utd and Tottenham, though a report has revealed why Everton might not listen to their manager.

The Toffees drafted Dyche in after pulling the trigger on Frank Lampard in late-January. The former Burnley boss made the ultimate first impression when guiding his side to a 1-0 victory over table-toppers Arsenal.

What made that feat all the more impressive is the fact Everton were the only Premier League side not to make a new signing last month. Furthermore, they were actually weakened after selling Anthony Gordon to Newcastle for an initial £40m.

However, there are very few appointments Everton could’ve made that are better suited to their current situation than Dyche.

He worked wonders at Turf Moor on a shoe-string budget for many a year. The Clarets did go down in his final season at the helm, though he’d already been removed when they were relegated mathematically.

Dyche will hope to steer Everton to safety and then begin laying the foundations for a charge up the table. New signings from the summer onwards will be key, as will retaining their current star performers.

Arguably atop that list is England No 1 Jordan Pickford. The 28-year-old has been in fine form once again this season, though speculation over a contract impasse is swirling.

Dyche, Everton at odds over Pickford extension

Pickford’s current deal expires in the summer of 2024 and per the Sun, a new deal is proving hard to come by.

Pickford would seemingly be content with staying, though given his standing at the club, wants to double his £50,000-a-week wages to £100k.

Dyche wants Pickford to stay and realising his importance to the club, has made a contract extension for the stopper his ‘top priority’.

However, he faces an uphill struggle in convincing the Everton board to stump up the type of cash that’ll bring Pickford to the table.

Indeed, it’s claimed the board are reluctant to hand out a bumper new deal given they don’t yet know which division they’ll be playing in next season. The idea of paying a player £100,000-a-week four months away from potentially dropping a division is making them pause for thought.

Dyche will reportedly urge the club’s decision-makers to bite the bullet and tie his goalkeeper down to fresh terms. But for the time being, it’s suggested Everton will hold out until their Premier League safety is assured.

Man Utd or Tottenham could pounce

Pickford has two notable suitors lining up in the event an Everton exit does materialise – Man Utd and Tottenham.

TEAMtalk exclusively revealed both clubs – along with Chelsea – “admire” Pickford who would consider a “big move” up the table if offered.

United are in negotiations with David de Gea over an extension of their own. However, the veteran Spaniard will have to take a hefty pay-cut due to Erik ten Hag’s ‘Ronaldo rule’.

Tottenham, meanwhile are on the hunt for a new No 1 with Hugo Lloris experiencing a remarkable decline.

The 36-year-old leads the league this season in errors directly leading to a goal with four. No other player across any position has made more than two.

Both Man Utd and Spurs are specifically namechecked by the Sun as being ‘interested in striking a deal’ for Pickford.

If Dyche cannot convince Everton’s money men to stump up the cash, the pair may be given a chance to try their luck over a summer swoop.

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