By Harry Sykes

Newcastle have hijacked Everton’s move for in-demand Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, according to a report.

The Sun claim that the cash-rich Merseysiders had looked in pole position to take advantage of Sunderland’s relegation by signing the 23-year-old.

It is said that Newcastle have now made a “shock raid” and are strongly in contention as they prepare to offer Pickford a long-term contract worth £75,000-a-week.

The Sun report that Sunderland are resigned to losing the Englishman, who has also attracted strong interest from Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester City.

Newcastle have a number of senior goalkeepers on their payroll, including Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Matz Sels and Tim Krul, who has spent the season on loan at Ajax.

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Former Nottingham Forest ace Darlow has been the number one for the majority of their Championship campaign but has been dropped for the last two matches in favour of fit-again Elliot.

Newcastle secured instant promotion to the Premier League on Monday night with a 4-1 win against Preston on what was a memorable evening.

Sunderland will spend next season in the Championship after their relegation was confirmed with a 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.

In other Newcastle United transfer news, a brilliant text about Moussa Sissoko has been circulated among the club’s staff after Wednesday’s HMRC raid.

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