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Everton to offer Jordan Pickford new, improved contract

Move likely to fend off any suitors following World Cup starring role

Huddersfield Town v Everton - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Amidst rumours of a high-priced bid from Chelsea for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the Toffees are reportedly going to offer the 24-year-old a new long-term deal.

As reported by renowned football journalist Paul Joyce, Pickford is going to be given a new long-term contract. The goalie was signed just last summer for £30million, an amount that was slated by many at the time but with his strong performances for a struggling Everton side followed by backstopping England to the World Cup semi-finals, but the Blues will not give him a new likely five-year deal scrapping the previous contract that expired in 2022.

Real Madrid, winners of a Champions League hattrick, have been linked with a move for Belgium keeper and World Cup Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois. This leaves his current employers Chelsea and their new manager Maurizio Sarri with a big headache as they try to fill the spot between the sticks.

The Stamford Bridge side have already made a move in that position, bringing back former England international Rob Green who last played a competitive game in May 2017. However they have been linked (by the media mostly) to a number of goalies in the league, not least of them Pickford and Everton will be keen to nip that in the bud.