Sky Bet Championship side Sunderland United have lost goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to Everton for a fee of £30million.

The Wearside club were relegated to the second-tier of English football last season, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will be returning to the top-flight after signing a long-term deal with Ronald Koeman’s Everton.

Pickford is currently on international duty with the England under-21 squad, but the young goalkeeper has agreed a five-year deal with the Premier League Toffees.

Pickford had progressed through the academy system since joining the Black Cats as an eight-year-old, becoming identified as a talented youngster by the club’s coaching staff.

The 23-year-old continued to impress through the academy system and eventually signed his first professional deal with the Wearside club in 2011.

During his time with Sunderland, Pickford spend the majority of his early professional years on-loan with the likes of Burton Albion, Bradford City and Preston North End.

After making his full debut in January 2016, the former England under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 shot-stopper managed to establish himself in the number one position, collecting 29 appearances in all competitions last season.

Speaking after Pickford’s departure to Goodison Park, Sunderland Chief Executive Martin Bain said: “Our aim is to produce more players of the calibre of Jordan in the future. His development is testament to our Academy set up and its hard-working staff, past and present, who identified and nurtured his exceptional talent.

“Everyone at Sunderland wishes Jordan every success in the next stage of his career, which we will follow keenly”.

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