By Noel Whelan

26th Sep, 2020 | 8:30pm

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Noel Whelan insists that goalkeeper Sergio Romero would offer serious competition to Jordan Pickford if Everton managed to sign the Manchester United star.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Argentina international has the quality and experience to give the England ace a run for his money between the sticks.

The Times report that the Toffees have made contact with intermediaries over a potential move for the 33-year-old, who Everton director of football Marcel Brands signed for AZ Alkmaar back in 2007.

The newspaper claim that the Red Devils are demanding a fee of £10million for the shot-stopper and that he does not want to take a pay cut from his current £100,000-a-week wages.

Whelan insists that current number one Pickford needs more pressure for his place in the starting XI and that Romero could be the answer for Carlo Ancelotti.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s definitely more competition, more experience and a very, very capable goalkeeper. I think Pickford does need competition.

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“At times you’re going to have to look at these mistakes and how many can you make? Kepa makes a lot of mistakes, Chelsea rectified that decision and he cost a lot more than Jordan Pickford.

“Whether he’s England’s number one or not, you’ve got to play well. This is such an important part of the field, is being a goalkeeper. As much as he makes fantastic saves and does everything else right, mistakes, unfortunately, are what we’re talking about all the time.” 

Romero has played 61 times in his five-year spell at Old Trafford, with just seven appearances in the Premier League.

He has won the Europa League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Eredivisie title, while he also has 96 caps for Argentina to his name.

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