Keeper Pickford completes £30million Everton move

The Sun has claimed that staff members have flown out to Poland to meet up with the England Under-21 'keeper while he is preparing for this summer's European Championship.

Sunderland fans... What do you make of Pickford's pending move to Everton?

Despite Sunderland being relegated from the Premier League this past season; Pickford was one of the bright sparks in the side and even managed to earn himself a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the year award, which was won by Dele Alli.

England kick-off their campaign on Friday, and Everton are hoping to have the deal signed, sealed and delivered before the tournament gets underway.

"It's a great club, a massive club and I think it's a great opportunity and the right time for me to come to Everton and show what I can do", Pickford told the club's official website.

Speaking about his previous experiences of Goodison Park, Everton's record signing said: "I remember playing (at Goodison Park) on my first game back from injury last season for Sunderland".

Pickford signed his first professional contract with Sunderland in 2011. It's definitely a good investment though, because Pickford can offer years of service to the Blues and is bound to be an England No 1 in the not too distant future.

Everton coach Ronald Koeman spoke of his delight at bringing in a goalkeeper tipped for an excellent future.

  • Carolyn Briggs