Tottenham have opened talks with Everton and Jordan Pickford over a potential deal for the keeper this summer, according to Football Transfers.
Long-time Spurs captain Hugo Lloris confirmed he is ready to leave the club in an interview with Nice Matin on Friday (2 June) and there have long been links to the Toffees star.
Football Transfers report that a “dialogue” has now been opened between the clubs over a deal which sources suggest would cost £40million.
Talks have begun between Spurs and the England number one’s representatives as well, but there are reportedly two factors the 29-year-old wants clarification on before he considers the move.
With Spurs reported to be close to bringing in Celtic’s treble-winning boss Ange Postecoglou [talkSPORT, 1 June], Pickford wants assurances over who the incoming coach will be.
He also is said to want to know whether England teammate Harry Kane is set to stay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Real Madrid set to make a £100million approach [Daily Mail, 4 June].
The prospect of there being a run on the Everton keeper this summer has rumbled on throughout the season, and had they failed to escape relegation it would have been almost a foregone conclusion for him to leave.
Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United all been linked at times, and now that Lloris appears to have made plain he is ready to leave it looks like the former have made the first move.
Having signed a new contract during the season, despite being in a relegation battle, the £40million price tag sounds on the low side now that Everton have stayed up.
If he is to go the Toffees surely need to stand their ground in a strong position, with no prospect of losing him for free in the near-future.
While Postecoglou’s arrival at Spurs is sounding fairly likely, the prospect of Kane staying appears to be in more doubt, especially since Karim Benzema’s confirmed exit from Real Madrid was announced on Sunday (4 June).
Daniel Levy would be loath to sell his star striker to Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge, and would surely not like to face him as a Manchester United player either, so, with a year left on the England captain’s contract a departure to the Bernabeu may be the least bad option.
If he does go it could put paid to their chances of signing Pickford, which would be a major boost to Sean Dyche who is sure to see the keeper as a key part of his squad going forward.