Everton transfer U-turn: Koeman turns attention to PL winner after left reeling by £30m price tag of ace - report
By Harry Sykes
Ronald Koeman is ready to turn his attention to signing Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel after being stunned by the rocketing price tag of Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford, according to a report.
The Sun claim Everton manager Koeman has been left “reeling” by the rocketing price tag of the Black Cats goalkeeper Pickford, 23.
It is said that the Merseysiders would be willing to pay £10million for the Sunderland academy product following his sensational Premier League breakthrough this season.
But the Sun report that Everton will not pay ways over the odds for Pickford and have baulked at paying three times over their valuation for the youngster.
There currently appears little chance of a compromise and Koeman is now looking seriously at 2015-16 Premier League winner Schmeichel.
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The son of Manchester United great Peter could be open to a move to Goodison Park after his memorable few seasons at the King Power Stadium.
The 30-year-old is seven years the senior of Pickford but he is a proven Premier League performer and has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Manchester City.
Pickford has emerged as the outstanding young goalkeeper in English football during a campaign in which he has been promoted to the England senior squad and has emerged as a strong candidate for the 2018 World Cup squad.
He has started 28 of Sunderland’s league matches and demonstrated his appetite for the big time after loan spells at Bradford, Preston, Carlisle, Darlington, Burton and Alfreton.
Everton have two senior goalkeepers on their payroll, Maarten Stekelenburg, who followed Koeman from Southampton last summer, and Joel Robles.
But neither has convinced this season and it has been widely reported that Koeman has made a reliable No1 one of his priorities this summer.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have agreed to sign up a centre-forward who is loved by Ronald Koeman.