By Danny Wright
Sunderland boss David Moyes has confirmed that he will consider offers of around £30million for Jordan Pickford.
However the manager of the Premier League’s bottom club has slapped a much heftier price-tag on the shot-stopper in a possible bid to scare off any club that might be looking to offer him a chance of staying in the top-flight.
“It would need to be a really, really big offer,” said the former Toffees manager on Pickford, as quoted by ITV on their website.
“I have said all through the season that sometimes on your journey, you may have to sell to improve. But I have heard some really derisory sort of figures getting mentioned, and it wouldn’t be any of those figures, I can tell you that.”
When asked if Pickford would cost around £30million, Moyes was quoted by ITV’s website as simply saying: “Yes.”
Pickford has been one of very few Sunderland players to show any promise at all this season and his exploits between the sticks saw him named on the shortlist for the PFA young player of the year award.
He has only managed to keep five clean sheets in his 32 appearances across all competitions this term but the amount of times he has been called into action has seriously limited the amount of goals that the Black Cats have conceded.
Only Tom Heaton has made more saves than Pickford in the Premier League this term, with the Sunderland ‘keeper denying 132 shots at goal compared to his counterpart’s 141.
However the Burnley stopper has made six more appearances than the Wearsider.
Football Insider Verdict
If Moyes sticks to his guns, Everton would have to break their transfer record in order to sign Pickford. Ronald Koeman definitely needs a new goalkeeper in the summer and pursuing a player like the Sunderland ‘keeper is the right way to go. He has great reflexes and command of his area and will definitely be an improvement on Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg. Moyes cannot expect Pickford to stay in the Championship though and cannot seriously expect someone to offer £30million for a player who has just been relegated. If the former England Under-21 man kicks up a fuss, it could see his price fall and that’s when Everton should strike.
In other Everton news, Koeman has revealed how his team will line up against Arsenal on Sunday.