Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly ‘contacted’ Everton over signing Jordan Pickford this summer. But, they won’t let him go cheaply.
The England international has once again played a key role in keeping the Toffees in the Premier League this season. He was also rewarded with a new contract back in February.
Pickford’s deal keeps him at Goodison Park until 2026. For that reason, it will take a sizeable offer from Tottenham to convince Everton to sell their star man.
This season, the 29-year-old made 37 appearances for the Merseyside club. In the process, he kept eight clean sheets – including a vital one against Bournemouth on the final day of the campaign.
Also, Pickford made the third-most saves in the Premier League, showing how important he is to Sean Dyche’s team.
If Everton want to avoid another relegation battle next season, they need to keep hold of their best players. They are desperate to keep Amadou Onana, for instance, amid interest from Manchester United.
But, Pickford certainly fits into that category too, so it will be interesting to see what kind of an offer Tottenham put on the table for the goalkeeper.
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Pickford seeks two assurances amid Spurs approach
According to Football Transfers, Tottenham have ‘contacted’ Everton over the prospect of signing Pickford. But, they will only entertain bids in the region of £40m – and it is unclear whether Spurs will match that fee.
Also, Pickford wants to know two things before joining Tottenham. Firstly, who the new manager will be, with Ange Postecoglou currently in the driving seat.
And secondly, whether or not Harry Kane will remain at the club. The goalkeeper’s England teammate has been heavily linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid recently. So, his future is definitely in doubt.
It’s no secret that Tottenham want to bring in a new goalkeeper this summer. Hugo Lloris has already confirmed he will most likely be leaving the club, so Spurs clearly need to bring in a replacement for him.
The Frenchman has big boots to fill, after being the first choice between the sticks since 2012.
But, if Pickford’s performances towards the end of the season are anything to go by, he certainly has the quality to be a solid replacement for Lloris.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Tottenham meet Everton’s £40m price tag for Pickford. But, even if they do, Pickford will still have to agree to sign for them, and there is no guarantee of that happening.