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Jordan Pickford is reportedly due to undergo an Everton medial on Wednesday as the Toffees look to push through the £30m signing before their rivals step in.
The Washington-born goalkeeper is in Poland for the European Under-21 Championships and said last week he did not want to be distracted by transfer talk during the tournament. England’s opening game is against Sweden on Friday.
Since then Everton have agreed a fee for the 23-year-old goalkeeper.
A quick resolution would obviously suit Ronald Koeman with other clubs interested, and provide the Black Cats with a degree of clarity at a time when it is in short supply at the Stadium of Light.
Despite Pickford’s comments his Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd is relaxed about the prospect of his players discussing transfers during the competition, taking a realistic stance that there is only so much he can do.
And The S*n has reported Everton have flown staff to Poland to hold a medical.
West Ham United and Arsenal have also been linked with the goalkeeper, who only established himself as Sunderland’s No.1 late last year.
Pickford’s talents did not go unnoticed by the big clubs last season, and others could enter the fray were they to lose their first choice. For example, the signs are that Manchester United may be able to keep David De Gea but until the transfer window closes and he is not a Real Madrid player, they will not take it for granted.