Tottenham ready to launch cut-price transfer for Jordan Pickford as England keeper has hidden clause in new Everton deal
TOTTENHAM want to snap up England No 1 Jordan Pickford — despite Everton tying him down to a new 4½-year contract.
Spurs are preparing to change their goalkeeper in the summer with 36-year-old skipper Hugo Lloris’ days numbered.
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And Pickford is STILL their first choice even after committing to his long Goodison deal.
Pickford’s value will depend on what happens with Everton at the end of the season.
If they are relegated, there is an agreement that he can be sold.
Pickford’s price would be lower as a Championship player but the Toffees would still want around £35million — although that could be haggled down.
The 29-year-old’s contract signing last month was a timely boost for new boss Sean Dyche, who wanted it sorted out as a priority — as revealed in this column.
However, the reality is that Pickford WILL be sold if Everton are demoted.
And the wages on offer at Goodison and Tottenham are pretty much the same.
If there are any snags with Pickford, Spurs are likely to make an inquiry for Aston Villa’s Argentinian World Cup winner Emi Martinez.
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Villa could cash in on Martinez, 30, at the right price but that will be around the same fee as Pickford.
Ironically, Villa could then chase the Everton keeper themselves.