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Spurs 'eye' Pickford as long-term replacement for Lloris

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In what is likely to be first of a number of stories claiming that Jordan Pickford will be moving on this summer, Football Transfers say that Tottenham have contacted Everton about the possibility of signing the goalkeeper.

Spurs are in rebuilding mode after failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in 15 years and it's long been speculated that they are looking to replace long-serving keeper Hugo Lloris this summer.

The report of unknown veracity from a relatively unknown source and which, according to El Bobble, has been rejected by his representatives, suggests that the Blues will look for around £40M for Pickford which significantly undervalues England's Number 1 who could conceivably go for twice that if the right club came in for him.

The claim together with reports strongly linking Brentford's wantaway keeper, David Raya, with Tottenham, was also made prior to the expected arrival in North London for Ange Postecoglu as Antonio Conte's full-time replacement.

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The Australian, fresh from winning the domestic treble in Scotland with Celtic, is the hot favourite to become Spurs's new manager.

Pickford only signed a new long-term contract with Everton in February and the feeling at Goodison Park is that he has no desire to leave the Blues at this time. Nevertheless, Manchester United are also said to be eyeing the 29-year-old as they look at alternatives to David de Gea.

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Si Pulford
1 Posted 04/06/2023 at 19:54:57
Every player has their price. But it’s not 40 m for Jordan Pickford. Not even close. His value to Everton is almost unquantifiable.

He’s been instrumental in successive relegation battles and is undisputed as England number one.

A bid of around 60 million would be hard to turn down though and I expect the club would sell if that happened.

Just have to trust the club have done their homework on replacements in the event of a sale but considering they haven’t replaced Lukaku and we needed the season with no fit ful backs I imagine they havent.

Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 04/06/2023 at 20:08:36
If Spurs want Pickford then I'd do a swap for Richarlison.
Shane Corcoran
3 Posted 04/06/2023 at 20:11:56
I always thought that Spurs was the only likely destination for him if he were to move to another PL club. But it’d be closer to double that price.
Stu Darlington
4 Posted 04/06/2023 at 20:28:22
A report of unknown veracity from an unknown source says it all!
Pat Kelly
5 Posted 04/06/2023 at 20:34:09
If they take Dele back then they can have Picks for £50m.
Charles Brewer
6 Posted 04/06/2023 at 20:41:23
After watching the incompetent De Gea in the Cup Final, I'd have thought the most likely destination for Pickford, if he were to leave, would be Old Trafford.

I've no doubt that Kenwright would insist on at least £5 million (although he'd probably discount that to £3m for a couple of drunken cripples coming the other way at £100,000 a week each on 5 year contracts).

Given Spurs notorious lack of expenditure - Harry Kane is on £200,000 a week, joint 22nd in the PL, while De Gea is hilariously on £375,000, joint 2nd with Haarland - I wouldn't see Pickford going near the place.

Incidentally, I noticed that Everton are paying £100,000 a week to Deli Ali, £112,000 to Gomes, £76,000 to Godfrey, and £75,000 to Gbamin, but £25,000 to Gray and McNeil. Must be great for the dressing room mood to know that pay is largely related to the inability of refusal to play.

Garry Martin
7 Posted 04/06/2023 at 20:51:41
No way, at 40m, Pickford saved EFC at least 20 points this season, that is massive when taking into account the whole season and how it ultimately worked out for EFC.
Any transfer fee should be starting at least double that and more !.
Garry Martin
8 Posted 04/06/2023 at 20:51:42
No way, at 40m, Pickford saved EFC at least 20 points this season, that is massive when taking into account the whole season and how it ultimately worked out for EFC.
Any transfer fee should be starting at least double that and more !.
Jamie Crowley
9 Posted 04/06/2023 at 21:05:27
He saved us from relegation.

£100 million, not a penny less, and I'm not exaggerating. If you want him, you're going to pay dearly for him.

With new investment coming in, we won't need to sell our most important players. And the investment is coming, I'm just sold on that. It's a matter or time, not if. You don't offer exclusivity without being 99% of the way to consummating a deal.

Because of this, Jordan goes nowhere unless someone pays well over the odds.

Lee Courtliff
10 Posted 04/06/2023 at 21:06:08
I always thought he would go to Spurs, he's their type of player. Very good but not quite top class.

I'm a fan of Jordan and don't want to sell him but given our financial situation, we probably have to. A straight swap for Richy or at least £50M - £60M.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 04/06/2023 at 21:17:49
If Man Utd decide they want him, he will go there. He won't be going anywhere for £40M though.
Paul Birmingham
12 Posted 04/06/2023 at 21:19:51
£100M minimum – and take Spurs or any other suitors to the cleaners.

I don't detect Pickford wants away from Everton and hopefully very soon the dawn of a new era at Everton, and Pickford would be part of the spine of the team.

Benzema leaving Madrid, I reckon Richarlison might be on their radar as Carlo Ancelotti rates him.

Hopefully Everton have a transfer plan for this pre-season.

Christine Foster
13 Posted 04/06/2023 at 21:28:18
£60M plus Richarlison and Dele Alli thrown in...
Will Mabon
14 Posted 04/06/2023 at 22:02:54

there was a rumour the other day that Pickford said he wants to stay. A rumour, obviously.

Nightmare scenario:

No change of board.
Pickford sold to "bigger" club.
Rinsed on fee for approx two-thirds of what's realistic.
Donkey or two in exchange as part of the deal.

Paul Birmingham
15 Posted 04/06/2023 at 22:08:23
Will, and All Evertonians, let's hope and pray for the deliverance for Everton FC, new CEO, and chairman, is in the next week.

But hopefully, as you say Will, it won't be Groundhog Day again. Hope eternal.


Mike Price
16 Posted 04/06/2023 at 22:14:49
I don't get the love-in. He's average, causes more problems than he solves by staying on his line and never dominating his area. Makes a few great reaction saves but is very suspect from distance.

No other club's fans want him anywhere near their club, he's considered a liability and a joke, and without Gareth Southgate, he'd be utterly irrelevant.

Mike Price
17 Posted 04/06/2023 at 22:22:02
Btw, didn't Newcastle buy Pope for £8 million!

People on here asking for £100 million… I'd bite your hand off at anything over £10 million.

Ian Pilkington
18 Posted 04/06/2023 at 22:42:45
Mike Price@16

One of he daftest posts on here for some time.

Jordan Pickford: the player who saved us from relegation twice, happily signed a new long-term contract and happens to be England's undisputed Number 1, yet some people seriously think we would be better off with the transfer money. Unbelievable.

He may never equal Neville Southall (surely nobody will) but for me, in the last year or so, he has become the equal of the great Gordon West and he is still young for a goalkeeper.

Jordan is the rock on which to build our new future.

Jack Convery
19 Posted 04/06/2023 at 22:48:55
Pickford should cost no less than £75M:

1) He's English.
2) He England's No 1.
3) He's excellent at distribution of the ball, both with his feet and hands.
4) He's a leader on the pitch.
5) Without him, we would have been relegated for sure.

Kepa Arrizabalaga cost Chelsea £80M and that was in 2018.
Allisson cost Liverpool £62M in 2018.

Pickford is better than both Kepa and Allisson.

Lester Yip
20 Posted 05/06/2023 at 00:12:30
Jack #19, Totally agree. Pickford has matured after his horrendous error against Anfield in dying minute.

With us playing more direct football, long accurate distribution is key. Keeping Pickford is priority.

Andrew Keatley
21 Posted 05/06/2023 at 00:26:03
Distribution for goalkeepers these days has become key, which is a major reason why the decidedly average Jason Steele has been preferred to the superior goalkeeper Robert Sanchez at Brighton; ball at feet, Jason Steele is like an 11th outfield player.

Pickford's distribution – long rather than short – is probably as good as there is in the Premier League. He's very hit and miss obviously – any keeper would be with the amount of 40-m passes Pickford attempts – but he can kick relatively well off both feet and is prepared to take risks.

Pickford is also a very good shot-stopper, very brave, and has played at the highest level with England and always been an asset. I can fully understand why clubs like Spurs and Manchester Utd are interested.

The major downside is that Pickford lacks the added height some goalkeepers offer, and I think he is weak 1 v 1 (as Mo Salah always seems to prove).

As for the price, well, it'll depend on how bad our financial situation is this summer. I fear we'll need to cash in on a couple of our more saleable assets just to fend off further Profit and Sustainability problems and to fund the incomings we all know we desperately need.

Dupont Koo
22 Posted 05/06/2023 at 03:37:29
If Spurs come with either one of the proposals below, I'd bite their hands off right away:

Version 1

Richalison (permanent return)


£80 Million (paid in one go at transfer)

Version 2

Richarlison (2 year loan with no-recall clause throughout the period + no loan fees but we pay his full wages + an option-to-buy at the end of the loan)


£70 Million (paid in one go at transfer)

Jack Plant
23 Posted 05/06/2023 at 06:26:46
I'd be asking for £80M or £50M and Richarlison, but really I'd be annoyed if we sold him at all, you can't just scrape past relegation, sell your best player and assume everything will be fine.
Alan J Thompson
24 Posted 05/06/2023 at 06:39:26
Seriously, criticizing Pickford's short distribution?!? Have you seen us trying to play out from the back? If anything that should be seen to his advantage albeit that it doesn't seem to be part of the manager's game plan.

He's certainly No 1 in England which must put him among the world's best or perhaps with Begovic leaving and having had two keepers on the bench then perhaps we could ask to play "Goalie in and out" (ask your grandad). But is this what we've come to, sell our best like some feeder club, or did it start with Rooney? At least we had Bally's best years.

We can only hope that Bill is on an overdue diet so won't be eating out for some time.

Ernie Baywood
25 Posted 05/06/2023 at 06:47:40
Swops hardly ever happen. They get talked about at length on message boards but they hardly ever happen. So I'm writing that option off.

Pickford has his price but it should be an absolute premium price.

We've got holes in this squad just to be able to put a team out next season... It's hard to believe that our most valuable assets won't be considered for sale to try to plug those gaps.

Danny Baily
26 Posted 05/06/2023 at 07:34:23
I can't see any outcome other than Pickford leaving this summer. The contract he signed should get us a premium price.

Seems like a nice bloke, England's no 1 and pulls off some great saves, but that could easily described Joe Hart in 2016. I can't help but feel he's as much a part of the problem as he is part of the solution.

A top price, a decent replacement for peanuts and I'd be happy.

Gary Brown
27 Posted 04/06/2023 at 09:22:33
I agree with Christine. Richarlison back, Dele Alli released from obligations, and a fat sweetener in cash.

I doubt it'll be £60M but £30-40M would be about right. Go spend £15M of it on Banzunu or £25M on Meslier.

Brian Harrison
29 Posted 05/06/2023 at 09:43:16
Don't believe a word in the press about possible transfers in or out; this is the time when agents are at their most active, releasing all sorts of stories to the press about their clients.

This is so a prospective buying clubs are made to believe there are other clubs involved so the agents can push up their clients salary. Also they release stories to try and flush out interest from clubs who could potentially make an offer for their client.

Just in the last 2 transfer windows I think the press had us signing about 15 players we didn't even make an offer for. Believe a signing when they are pictured in Finch Farm signing their contract.

Brian Denton
30 Posted 05/06/2023 at 09:44:30
Alan (24) we had 'Goalie on the Spot' as a kid, but I think we're talking about the same thing.

Another one of our games was 'Three and In', which is self-explanatory. Also 'Knockout' where when you scored you left the pitch, until 2 lads were left and the one who didn't score was 'knocked out' and the next round commenced. If you started with 20 lads (we were Boomers remember, so plenty of us about!) the game could last for some time.

When I was at college I met a Brummie lad (big Villa fan) and they had 'Knockout' but they called it 'Wembley'.

Andrew Ellams
31 Posted 05/06/2023 at 09:47:28
A couple of years ago I saw him as nailed on to replace Lloris but, with Spurs not playing in any European competition at all next season, I don't think this will happen now.
Andrew Ellams
32 Posted 05/06/2023 at 09:49:21
Brian, I grew up in Chorley and we played knockout but called it cuppies.
Lee Courtliff
33 Posted 05/06/2023 at 10:27:39
I'm from Burnley and we called it Cuppies, too. Great game.
Simon Smith
34 Posted 05/06/2023 at 10:37:48
I grew up in Lincolnshire and it was known as Wembley singles or Wembley doubles. The difference being obvious.
But the same game.
Sean Turtle
35 Posted 05/06/2023 at 10:44:50
As much as I'd love to see him come back, why on earth would Richarlison agree to it?
Andrew Brookfield
36 Posted 05/06/2023 at 11:12:40
At the time of signing his contract, it was heavily alluded that he had a gentleman's agreement that he could leave for one of the Big 6, as was equally reported the year prior about Richarlison and he left.

Whilst I'd have liked a bit more for Richarlison, £60M was probably a decent price, and I'd imagine we'd be looking for similar for Pickford. All this talk of £100M or £60M plus Richarlison is dream world.

I do think there is a chance he will stay; if he's willing to, I'd happily keep him. He's our captain, our only top-level international, and should be the basis upon which we build.

Ralph Basnett
37 Posted 05/06/2023 at 11:35:48
Whilst we are short of dosh, we should not be selling on the cheap.

For too many transfers to remember, we get fucked over by the so-called better teams. It's about time we stood up; if anyone is interested in him, they should pay handsomely for his services.

Kappa at £80mill shows where we should be looking if we have to let him go. Richarlison ain't coming back but we could get them to release contractual obligations on Dele Alli meaning he was free and give him the start of the season to buck up or go away!

Barry Hesketh
38 Posted 05/06/2023 at 12:00:31
If Pickford does leave for pastures new, it will be good for the club financially, but it will be a huge blow to Everton's survival hopes for next season.

We know he makes mistakes, but how many times has he come up with an important save to help Everton gain points?

When a team is struggling for goals, and there's no reason to believe it will be any different next season, then keeping the opposition at bay is crucial.

A new keeper, if we need one, often takes time to settle in, and Goodison can be a daunting place for the best of them, unless Dyche and Thelwell have somebody in mind who can handle the pressure, I'd be happier to keep Pickford, providing the club's finances allow it.

Derek Thomas
39 Posted 05/06/2023 at 12:38:08
Spurs, Man Utd could both be looking for keepers... maybe others too. But £40M is way too cheap if we have to sell.

It will be a long and winding summer.

Eric Myles
40 Posted 05/06/2023 at 12:58:02
Brian #30,

We played 'goalie on the spot' and 'three and in' as a kid in Newsham Park, or even in our street, but never heard of 'knockout'.

Garry Martin
41 Posted 05/06/2023 at 13:01:13
Can't see Jordan chosing Spurs over a bigger club, ie, Man Utd.

I also believe he's happy to stay at EFC.

Brian Williams
42 Posted 05/06/2023 at 13:04:43
We used to call "knockout" FA. There were a fair few who played strategically and didn't get heavily involved in the madness of 20 or so chasing round. They'd take it easy and start trying when the numbers got down to just a few.
Kevin Edward
43 Posted 05/06/2023 at 13:12:18
Not sure EFC should be doing any business with Tottenham after the Dele Alli debacle.

In two minds about Pickford; he deserves a shot at some medals after putting in a shift 2 years in a row to help keep us up, so unfortunately Man Utd might suit. Although he must be on a good contract since renewing and we are on the up with the new stadium coming (aren't we?).

Along with others, I shudder at the thought of who might be coming in on a part-exchange if it happens that way. I wonder who's going to decide when the bids start coming in?

Alan J Thompson
44 Posted 05/06/2023 at 15:52:31
Just as a thought, if Pickford decides he wants to do a Begovic, shouldn't we have a replacement lined up or has Lonergan been showing form in the match warm-up?

In line with memories expressed, would it mean Lonergan and Tyrer go "Puddin' and Beef"?

Sam Hoare
45 Posted 06/06/2023 at 07:11:36
I've criticised Pickford's Everton form previously but he was good last season and very good this season.

That being said, most well-run clubs in our situation accept that they have to sell (and then replace) their best players at the height of their value. That means probably selling Pickford over the next 2 years for £50-60M rather than in 3-4 years for £10-20M.

Of course the logic in this depends upon being able to recruit well and successfully replace. Brentford will likely sell David Raya this summer for around £40M but have already bought talented Dutch keeper Flekken for £15M.

One of the few things Benitez got right was selling Digne. Getting £28M for a 29-year-old whose form was on the wane was good business; though I'm not convinced we picked his replacement wisely (at best, Mykolenko was overpriced).

John Graham
46 Posted 06/06/2023 at 08:27:00
Well if true and he does go, I hope we already have a replacement and don't go into next season with a young inexperienced goalkeeper as well as an injury prone striker.
But this is Everton.
Jim Harrison
47 Posted 06/06/2023 at 12:04:28
If Man Utd are in the frame, I would hope we look at Dean Henderson as part of any deal.
Peter Warren
48 Posted 06/06/2023 at 13:18:06
Not his biggest fan but he gives 100% and always trying to improve. He has kept us up last two years.

As for Richarlison, I'm an advocate of never going back.

Craig Walker
49 Posted 06/06/2023 at 13:54:42
Brian @30.

Growing up in Wigan, we played "Knockout singles" where it was everyone for themselves. You needed 1 goal to go through.

A better game was "knockout pairs" where you were paired up by the keeper picking numbers.

Other games were "Headers and volleys" and "60 seconds" where you had to score by headers and volleys only. The difference in these two being that, in "60 seconds", the goalkeeper had to count aloud to 60 (nobody had a stopwatch in those days). You had to get 1 goal, then 2 goals, then 3 etc. There was always the question "Can you set yourself up?" and usually this wasn't allowed.

Great days. Jumpers for goalposts. Marvellous!

Marc Hints
50 Posted 07/06/2023 at 08:18:42
What about Alfredo Morelos or Moussa Dembele, both free agents?

Whats your thoughts?

Christy Ring
51 Posted 07/06/2023 at 13:31:18
Dembele maybe on a free as a squad player, but watching Morelos with Rangers, a total liability, and definitely overrated. If he can't control himself in the Scottish Premiership, he's no hope in the Premier League.
Dean Williams
52 Posted 10/06/2023 at 10:28:36
I always thought Jordan Pickford would be the first £100 million keeper.
Mike Price
53 Posted 11/06/2023 at 23:47:14
Would bite your arm off, at the shoulder, if someone would actually pay a fee to take him away from us. One of my least favourite players to ever play for us.

Unfortunately, no other support base wants him and it would be a miracle if we could unload him.

Will Mabon
54 Posted 12/06/2023 at 00:36:24
Jim, I don't really want to consider losing Pickford... but regarding your point, I believe United are to let Henderson go.

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