Everton agree £30m deal with Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford

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Pickford impressed last season, despite Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League

Everton have agreed a £30m deal with Sunderland for keeper Jordan Pickford.

Pickford, who is currently on duty with England Under-21s before the European Championship, is expected to have a medical and complete the formalities of the deal when he returns.

The 23-year-old will become the most expensive British keeper if he completes the move.

Pickford impressed in 29 top-flight appearances last season but could not prevent Sunderland being relegated.

He joined the Black Cats’ academy in 2010 and had spells out on loan at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston.

Pickford then made his first-team debut for Sunderland in a 3-1 FA Cup defeat by Arsenal in January 2016.

Analysis

BBC Sport’s Simon Stone

The news about Everton’s eye-watering £30m deal for Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford is not great for Joe Hart.

The England keeper is looking for a permanent move away from Manchester City and Everton had been viewed as a potential destination.

However, in making Pickford the third most expensive goalkeeper of all time, Everton manager Ronald Koeman is not buying someone for the future.

Pickford is only young but no club pays that amount of money, only to then spend more on someone older.

Wherever Joe Hart ends up, it won’t be Goodison Park.

Source: BBC Sports

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