Thursday 19 October 2017

DONE DEAL! Jordan Pickford completes £30m move from Sunderland to Everton

Jordan Pickford has joined Everton
Jordan Pickford has joined Everton
Jordan Pickford
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Everton have signed Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a club record deal, with an initial £25m fee potentially rising to £30m.

The 23-year-old, who impressed last season despite the Black Cats' relegation from the Premier League, has signed a long-term five-year deal at Goodison Park.

Pickford told evertonfc.com: "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 is unbelievable."

Pickford has joined the Toffees for an initial £25million which could rise to £30million with add-ons, which would eclipse the £28million deal the Merseysiders struck with Chelsea for striker Romelu Lukaku in 2014.

Having suffered relegation with Sunderland, Pickford is glad to be back in the top-flight so soon.

He said: "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."

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