By Kevin Phillips

11th Dec, 2021 | 8:30pm

Pundit can't believe Pickford could leave Everton in January after £30m report

Kevin Phillips has insisted Everton should not entertain the idea of selling goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in January.

However, the former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 27-year-old could depart for “big money” in the summer if Rafael Benitez needs to raise transfer funds.

According to the Sun (6 December), Everton are keen to sell Pickford in order to boost their limited transfer budget.

The report claims the Toffees value the England international at around £30million.

Pickford is contracted at Goodison Park until 2024.

Phillips insisted Benitez cannot afford to sell the 27-year-old star while his job remains under pressure.

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“I don’t think he can even entertain selling Pickford in January,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Why would you sell England’s number one keeper when you’re under huge pressure to turn results around?

“Maybe in the summer if someone comes in with big money, Everton could look to cash in and get some transfer funds in the kitty to do some business.

“But in this January window, there’s no way Benitez should be considering selling him.”

Everton ended a run of eight games without a victory on Monday (6 December) with a 2-1 home win over Arsenal.

The Toffees have conceded 25 goals in 15 games this term.

Pickford signed for Everton in 2017 from Sunderland and has made 176 appearances in a Toffees shirt.

The Washington-born star has 42 caps for England.

In other news, Benitez tipped to lure “brilliant” international star to Everton after reliable update.