Premier League side Everton FC are reportedly in advanced talks with Sunderland over getting goalie Jordan Pickford this summer.
The relegated side is valuing the highly rated keeper £30 million but the Toffees are hoping to beat down the price.
Pickford is on international duty with the England Under 21 side in Poland where the team is looking at replicating the success of the Under 20 side. Sunderland are negotiating finer details like add ons, clauses and fee payment structuring for the 23-year old player.
The transfer fee is expected in the range of £18.5 million while £11.5 million would be in additional payments. If the deal goes through, Pickford could be the most expensive keeper in the history of Britain. His debut for the BlackCats was in January last year but he has quickly grown through the ranks.
Pickford developed fast as first choice keeper Vito Mannone was on the sidelines. His impressive performances earned the admiration of many observers. He played 32 games but he could not save the team from relegation to the lower division. He was subsequently named in the PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist for his performance. Spur forward Dele Alli eventually picked up the award.
The youngster is expected to feature under Ronald Koeman who has an eye for young talents. The Merseyside club were in the top seven last term and they are set for the Europa League so they offer significant challenges for the keeper to be keen to join them.
Koeman is set for a busy summer as players are set to exit Goodison Park and others linked with a move.