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.
Ronald Koeman is looking for a new number one with both Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles failing to impress, but he faces a tough task to get Pickford unless the Toffees are willing to significantly raise their initial offer.
The Mackems – who were relegated to the Championship this season following a disastrous campaign – are demanding £30m for the 23-year-old, who will be in the thinking of England manager Gareth Southgate following a number of fine performances throughout the campaign.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, with some saying that Pickford isn’t worth anything near £30m, while others want the club to show ambition rather than offering small bids for transfer targets.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
mad that a relegated club is demanding an outrageous fee for its keeper. Definitely not worth that.
— c0122 (@cb0122) May 31, 2017
Here we go again with people saying it's too much money blah blah blah IT IS NOT YOUR MONEY! If RK sees him as a must recruit the pay up ffs
— Arnthor Asgrimsson (@addiiceland) May 31, 2017
Not even worth £3 never mind £30m
— Paul (@Paul1878_) May 31, 2017
£30m for some1 that excelled in an relegated outfit & only 1 full season juz too risky. ????
— D Lee (@StoneMaiden7) May 31, 2017
It just smacks of penny-pinching. While he may not be worth £30m, he's worth more than £8m. Show some ambition. Launch a real bid.
— Josh Wilbert (@joshwilbert1) May 31, 2017
— Gary Knight (@garybluenose40) May 31, 2017