Everton have become favourites to sign Sunderland goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.
- Everton ready to ‘break the bank’ to sign Pickford
- Player wants Sunderland stay
- Black Cats will need money from sale if relegated – demanding £15m
- Arsenal hunting for Ospina replacement
Arsenal have only been linked with Pickford recently but were thought to be keen to bring him on board to replace David Ospina, who’s likely to leave the Gunners for Fenerbahce this summer.
While Sunderland-born Pickford wants to stay with the Black Cats, their relegation at the end of the season will leave them in need of money and, with Everton seemingly eager to sign the 23-year-old, they’ll probably be pretty happy to offload him.
The toffees are now 1/2 favourites to sign him; last week they were 7/2 alongside Manchester City, and even direct rivals Newcastle were linked.
“Jack’s (Colback) playing on the other side of the water these days unfortunately,” said Pickford.
“I would never do that. I couldn’t do it myself. I would never go to Newcastle.
“[Leaving Sunderland] is not something I’ve looked at yet and it’s not something I want to look at either.”
While Arsenal are seen to be ‘missing out’ on the young goalkeeper, recent reports have suggested that, contrary to previous claims, Wojciech Szczesny is going to return to north London once his loan spell with Roma has come to an end.
If this is true, Pickford probably won’t be needed after all.
Pickford’s contract with Sunderland runs out in 2020.