Jordan Pickford is on the verge of putting an end to uncertainty over his future by signing a new deal with Everton.
Everton are desperate to secure Pickford, who in in link with Tottenham, to a new long-term deal. The pace of negotiations has picked up in recent weeks, and the England goalkeeper, 28, is finally ready to commit.
Pickford, who joined Everton for £30 million in June 2017, has 16 months left on his contract, which he signed in September 2018, and there has been concern among fans that he would run down his contract and become a high-profile free agent.
Despite Everton’s struggles over the previous two seasons, Pickford has never shown a desire to leave the club, and his form has stayed steady.
Sean Dyche will be glad with the news, considering that he has been happy with the players’ attitude and commitment since taking over as manager last month.
Jordan Pickford is staying with Everton FC
Pickford’s current contract is ending in the summer of 2024. Attempts to extend his stay at Goodison Park began following his exploits last season.
Pickford emerged as a leader and talisman as Everton fought for their top-flight survival. He put in vital performances against Chelsea and Leicester City, including what became known as the season’s best save against Cesar Azpilicueta in the win over Chelsea that began Everton’s comeback. Pickford was selected captain for the first time in his career when the Blues traveled to Burnley in March, and Frank Lampard subsequently praised the save as the finest of the Premier League era.
Pickford took over as captain while club captain Seamus Coleman recovered from summer surgery and delivered another outstanding performance in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Stadium. His superb reaction save from Willian in a goalless draw against Fulham increased his value to the team.