Everton will once again attempt to tie down goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to a new contract in the second half of the season, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The 28-year-old’s contract at Goodison Park runs out in 18 months, which has sparked transfer speculation with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.
The Toffees shot-stopper was a pivotal figure to Frank Lampard last season as the club narrowly escaped relegation and boosted his reputation with a strong World Cup campaign for England in Qatar.
Transfer specialist and Guardian journalist Romano believes that the Merseyside club will once again attempt to get Pickford to put pen to paper and secure his long-term future at the club.
He told GiveMeSport: “I would not be surprised, honestly, because, at the moment, there is still no agreement with Everton to extend the contract.
“What I am told is that Everton want to try again in the second part of the season to extend this contract to give him what he wants.”
Securing the services of Pickford would be a huge positive to an Everton team who are in the doldrums right now.
Following a 4-1 home defeat to Brighton, which sent the team spiralling into the relegation zone, Farhad Moshiri has spoken out in a controversial interview on talkSPORT (Thursday 12 January), causing yet more trouble where it wasn’t needed.
The Goodison faithful need something to cheer about, and their talisman putting pen to paper would do exactly that. Gareth Southgate’s number one was immense in the relegation run-in last season, pulling off a string of man-of-the-match performances to confirm Everton’s future in the top flight.
It comes as no surprise that several of the Premier League’s elite clubs may be interested in signing Pickford as a long-term replacement for the likes of David de Gea or Hugo Lloris, but Everton must try to ensure the goalkeeper commits his future to life on Merseyside.