Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford is reportedly close to signing a deal with Everton for a fee believe to be around £30 million. The goalkeeper who’s currently on international duty with the English squad at the European U-21 Championship will be due for his medicals when the tournament is concluded.
The 23-year-old made 29 league appearances for the David Moyes led team that finished bottom of the log to get relegated to the lower division.
He made more saves per game (4.7) than any other goalie who started more than 3 Premier League games last season. He will become the most expensive British goalkeeper after the deal is done.
The deal will involve an initial fee of about £22million with a further £8million in add-ons. This deal falls just short of the new world record deal for a goalkeeper (in pounds) which was recently concluded when Manchester City signed Ederson from Benfica.
Pickford joined the Sunderland Academy at age 15 back in 2010 and has had multiple loan deals to clubs around the country like Bradford City and Preston. The Pickford deal further cast doubts on the rumours as to whether Everton would have been a potential destination for Manchester City outcast Joe Hart.