According to BBC Football, Everton have agreed a £30m deal to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford this summer.
The 23-year-old made 29 Premier League appearances in an impressive breakthrough campaign for the Black Cats this season, but couldn’t prevent them finishing bottom of the table and being relegated to the Championship.
However, the England Under-21 international looks set for a quick return to the top flight in a deal that would be a record for a British stopper, ending Toffees boss Ronald Koeman’s search for a new number one.
The deal is like to include an initial fee which could rise to £30m with add-ons, and if it does reach that amount he would become the third most expensive keeper in world football.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, with many believing the £30m fee is a steal in the current market, while others were impressed at the club’s ambition following a number of years of ‘penny-pinching’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
My god, is everton really about to do a madness and sign 3 players early??
— Trent Gale (@Trent_Gale17) June 13, 2017
I'd love this deal Tony if we don't mess it up as is the Everton way. Be quality to see him signing on the dotted line !!
— Pete Walker (@KrustyWalker) June 13, 2017
And potential england number 1 for years to come too
— bluebritmosh???? (@steffan38wen) June 13, 2017
Agreed – in this market its a steal
— Football Survivor (@footiesurvivor) June 13, 2017
Delighted with the Pickford deal. After years of penny pinching it's refreshing to see us pay the going rate for a player
— EFC People's Group (@ThePeoplesGroup) June 13, 2017
I reckon give him couple years he could be a class goalkeeper, England and everton starter!
— James1878 (@JTblueboy1878) June 13, 2017