Sunderland's Jordan Pickford signs £25m deal with Everton

It’s a club-record transfer for the Premier League side.

JORDAN PICKFORD HAS signed a five-year deal with Everton worth £25m which could rise to £30m depending on team and individual performances.

The club-record transfer makes Pickford the most expensive British keeper, and the third most keeper in the world.

The Sunderland stopper was shortlisted for PFA Young Player of the Year last season despite his side suffering relegation to the Championship.

23-year-old Pickford is currently on international duty with the England U21′s and speaking to club website, he said he was excited about the new move:

“It’s great to sign for the Club. Last season was my first in the Premier League so to get this opportunity with Everton now, to be able to go forward with my career and show everyone what I can do with Everton is unbelievable.

“It’s a great club, a massive club and I think it’s a great opportunity and the right time for me to come to Everton and show what I can do.

“This is an exciting time for the Club and for me, too, with the ambition being shown. I just want to be the best I can be to help.

“I know Mason (Holgate – his England Under-21 teammate) and a few of the other lads at Everton from younger age groups and the Club’s only going forward, so it’s the best thing I can be doing.

Pickford added that he is looking forward to linking up with the Toffees, as they prepare to start their Europa League campaign in July:

“It will be a great experience, (with me) only being young, but it’s another test for me and I feel ready for it. The Europa League will be a big tournament, as well.

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Commenting on the club’s new signing, Everton boss Ronald Koeman added:

“I’m really pleased we’ve made what I’m sure will be a significant signing for Everton Football Club.

“Jordan is a very talented young professional who also has a real hunger for success, and that’s important for us as we now look to make further progress in the seasons ahead.

“We’ve seen the quality he has through his performances in the Premier League last season and, given his young age, we’re sure he will get even better.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming Jordan to the group next month and wish him every success with the England Under-21 squad in Poland.”

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