By Danny Wright
Everton are plotting a swoop for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at the end of the season, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Ronald Koeman may move to make the 22-year-old goalkeeper part of his squad as he is looking to bring in a new number one.
Pickford is highly rated at the Stadium of Light and has been in great form since be broke into the first team.
Manager David Moyes has said that he thinks Pickford will be the future England No.1.
The goalkeeping sensation only made his debut for Sunderland in January 2016 but has not taken long to become one of the most highly-rated young shot-stoppers in the country.
Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles are Koeman’s current options in between the sticks.
In October, Pickford was called up to the England international team but failed to pick up his first debut cap.
However he has had plenty of experience playing at youth levels for his country, earning a total of 44 caps at every level between under-16 and under-21.
Unfortunately, the Black Cat keeper has missed a fair bit of action for his side this season after suffering a knee injury in December.
He returned to action against Everton in their 2-0 loss at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Pickford has made 21 appearances for the struggling Wearsiders this season, only keeping three clean sheets in all competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton need a new goalkeeper and this move for Pickford could be one that sorts out the position for over a decade. The 22-year-old could become a regular feature at Goodison Park and Koeman is wise enough to notice that. Despite his young age and relative inexperience of top-flight football, Pickford has produced some memorable performances which have made Sunderland look a lot more defensively solid than they actually are. There is no clue as to how much the English keeper would cost, but it could be made a lot easier for the Toffees if Sunderland suffer relegation this season.
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