By Michael Brown

3rd Jan, 2021 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Everton open negotiations on Jan loan-to-buy deal, pundit - Bargain

Everton would secure a bargain if they complete the permanent signing of Robin Olsen this month for a fee of £5million.

That is according to Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Premier League club’s plan to convert the goalkeeper’s loan into a full-time move.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week Everton have opened talks over signing Olsen this month in a deal worth around £5million.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti wants an agreement secured in the current window rather than waiting until the summer.

Asked what he thought of Everton’s plan to sign Olsen permanently, Brown told Football Insider: “Yeah, you need that, you need someone.

“He’s been brought into the side and then gone back out again so you need that sort of competition.

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“At £5million, it doesn’t look like a huge amount of money, does it?”

Olsen has made a big impression at Everton since joining in October on a season-long loan from Italian big hitters AS Roma.

He was notably selected for their League Cup quarter-final against Manchester United and has also started two Premier League matches.

Jordan Pickford remains first choice at Everton and was once again between the sticks for Friday night’s 1-0 defeat against West Ham as Tomas Soucek’s late goal proved decisive.

But 6ft 5in Olsen offers cover and competition for the England number one.

The Sweden international has been capped 42 times by his country and played in all five of their matches in the 2018 World Cup finals.

In other news, Ancelotti and his staff “buzzing” after a huge Everton development.