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Jordan Pickford, Ben Godfrey, Morgan Gibbs-White, Brennan Johnson, Everton v Nottingham Forest, March 2023

Tottenham are reportedly still keen on snaring Jordan Pickford to sort their goalkeeper problems, despite the fact he recently signed a new Everton deal.

Spurs’ problems in net have been well documented this season. Following a decade of great performances between the sticks, Hugo Lloris’ level has dropped this season.

Questions have been asked of the Frenchman this season as his mistakes have hindered his side. Tottenham have seemingly identified the goalkeeper position as a priority for the next campaign.

A number of good options have reportedly been considered by the north London club. Included in that list are: David Raya, Emiliano Martinez and Pickford, among others.

At the back end of 2022, Darren Bent admitted he felt Pickford was “ready” and Spurs should swoop.

However, that was before the England no.1 penned a new deal that saw him extend his stay at Everton until 2027.

It would seem, then, that any interested side would be deterred by that. Indeed, it seems the faith the Toffees have in their goalkeeper has been reciprocated, as Pickford said he wants to be “up there” as “one of the best keepers” to play for the club.

However, Tottenham aren’t ready to back down from the fight yet.

Tottenham stay on course for Pickford transfer

The Sun reports Spurs ‘want to snap up’ the England goalkeeper ‘despite Everton tying him down’ to a new deal.

While they could have diverted their attention to another star, the report suggests he is ‘still their first choice’.

And despite Pickford’s lengthy new deal, a move might still be on the cards. The Toffees are battling relegation – currently two points above the drop zone.

The Sun suggests if they are relegated, there ‘is an agreement he can be sold’. His value would seemingly very much depend on whether or not that happens.

It seems it would be much higher and there would be much less chance of Sean Dyche’s side selling than if they were relegated.

In the case they do go down, Everton would reportedly ask for £35million, though it’s stated that ‘could be haggled down’.

Spurs identify Martinez as back-up plan

If there are any snags in a deal for Pickford, which, if Everton stay up, there could be, Spurs are ‘likely to’ enquire about Villa’s Martinez.

It’s suggested Villa might ‘cash in at the right price’. A recent report suggested the Villans would be expected to ask for £60million if they were to let go of their no.1.

Whether or not that’s in Tottenham’s price range remains to be seen. It’s a lot more than Pickford would apparently be sold for in the case Everton drop down.

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