According to reports in the Liverpool Echo, Everton are reportedly keen to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford this summer and have already lodged an £8m bid, but it was laughed off by the Black Cats.
Well, Toffees manager is keen to sign a new keeper before pre-season to provide competition for Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles, and he has been consistently linked with Pickford over the course of the last few weeks.
The one sticking point appears to be the fee though, with the Black Cats only willing to consider offers of £30m for the 23-year-old despite their disappointing relegation to the Championship.
With the Merseyside outfit offering just £8m so far, the two clubs are a long way apart from an agreement.
He certainly would be.
While Sunderland went down in a dour campaign, Pickford was one of only a few players to come out of the season with any praise following some impressive performances between the sticks.
The 23-year-old kept four clean sheets and made an average of 3.79 saves per game.
While they certainly won’t be willing to accept an offer of £8m, things might change if Everton raise their bid to something more around the £20m mark.
The Black Cats know that it is important that they challenge for automatic promotion back to the Premier League and the fee received for Pickford could help the new manager significantly strengthen his squad over the summer.
It’s difficult to say.
While they will like raise their offer for Pickford it’s unlikely they will go up to the £30m that Sunderland will want.
If they aren’t willing to do that, Koeman will have to move on to his next target but the problem for Everton is that other clubs know that they have a significant transfer budget this summer.
Well, if Everton want to show ambition and sign a player that could be at Goodison Park for at least the next five years, they will need to pay the money to get him.
Even though Sunderland are demanding £30m, it is likely that a compromise would be found.