Everton have signed Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a club record £30m fee, which manager Ronald Koeman described as ‘significant statement of intent.’
Reportedly Everton will pay £25m up-front which could rise to £30m depending on team and individual performances. The fee makes Pickford the third most expensive keeper in history and Everton’s most expensive signing.
After joining Sunderland academy in 2010, Pickford was loaned to Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End. He also represented the England international team at every level from under-16s to under-21s.
He played his first Premier League game for Sunderland in January 2016 and went on to make 29 Premier League appearances, by the end of the campaign had won the club’s Player of the Season award.
The 23-year old who is currently with the England Under-21s preparing for the European Championships in Poland, has agreed a five-year deal, at Goodison Park. The Toffees flew a team out to Poland to perform Pickfords medical which was completed Wednesday.
Koeman is ready to invest £100m in signings over the summer with Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Burnley defender Michael Keane also in their sights. But since he took over in 2016 the Dutchman had been searching for a long-term solution in goal.
“I’m really pleased we’ve made what I’m sure will be a significant signing for Everton Football Club,” said Koeman. “Jordan is a very talented young professional who also has a real hunger for success, and that’s important for us as we now look to make further progress in the seasons ahead.
“We’ve seen the quality he has through his performances in the Premier League last season and, given his young age, we’re sure he will get even better. I’m looking forward to welcoming Jordan to the group next month and wish him every success with the England Under-21 squad in Poland.”