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Everton splash £30m to capture Pickford

By Robert Jones

Everton have completed the signing of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for a club record £30m fee.

The 23-year-old, who is currently with the England Under-21s preparing for the European Championships in Poland, has agreed a five-year deal.

"It's great to sign for the club," said Pickford.

"Last season was my first in the Premier League so to get this opportunity with Everton now, to be able to go forward with my career and show everyone what I can do is unbelievable."

Pickford has joined the Toffees for an initial £25m which could rise to £30m with add-ons, which would eclipse the £28m deal the Merseysiders struck with Chelsea for striker Romelu Lukaku in 2014.

Having suffered relegation with Sunderland, Pickford is glad to be back in the top-flight so soon.

"This is an exciting time for the club and for me, too, with the ambition being shown. I just want to be the best I can be to help."

Signing a goalkeeper always looked like being a top priority for Toffees boss Ronald Koeman this summer.

Fellow Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg arrived last year, but neither he nor Joel Robles could nail down a regular spot between the posts as they made 19 Premier League starts each.

Everton were linked with Manchester City's out-of-favour stopper Joe Hart when he was originally deemed surplus to requirements, and they seemed like one of his more obvious suitors again in this window.

However, Koeman has instead moved for the man who may be England's number one further down the line.

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