Everton are “increasingly confident” of tying up a £17m deal for Jordan Pickford, according to reports in the North East.

Scott Wilson, the Chief Sports Writer at The Northern Echo reports;

Koeman wants a new number one when the transfer window reopens, and has identified Pickford as his preferred option.

He is set to launch a formal approach once the season is at an end, and is confident of securing a deal for around £17m. Sunderland will be hoping to secure at least £20m for Pickford’s services, but will be mindful that their negotiating position has been weakened by their relegation.

Everton are aware they will face competition for Pickford, who has rapidly earned a reputation as the most exciting young goalkeeper in the country, but are willing to more than treble his current wages on Wearside in order to lure him to Goodison Park.