Everton are keeping tabs on Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford ahead of a potential summer swoop, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Merseyside outfit have been linked to a host of goalkeepers over the last few months, and it appears that Pickford is the latest on their radar.
The Liverpool Echo reports that the 22-year-old shot-stopper has been discussed as a potential new recruit by the key figures at Everton.
Shortly after Ronald Koeman was appointed Roberto Martinez’s successor, Maarten Stekelenburg was bought as a replacement for the outgoing Tim Howard, who returned to his native USA last summer.
The Dutchman was initially selected as first choice, but after suffering injury in December, Joel Robles has come in and kept the number one spot following some impressive performances between the sticks.
However, it appears that Koeman is still looking to bring in a goalkeeper after reportedly holding off his search in January due to Robles’ positive form.
Everton are the closest challengers to the top six this season following a nine-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
In order to break into the upper echelon of the division they will need a solid and reliable goalkeeper.
It is often said that teams cannot win a league title without a world-class player between the sticks. Well, if Everton want to force their way into the top six then they could do with a keeper of a similar stature.
St Etienne’s Stephane Ruffier is reported to be an option, while Manchester City outcast Joe Hart was linked with Everton in the past two transfer windows.
Both those players are experienced in their field, and that is where the issue could be Pickford.
There is no denying that the England Under-21 international is good enough for Premier League level, but he only made his first-team debut in January 2016.
Pickford is showing signs that he could one day make the step up to a so-called bigger club, but that time is not just yet.