Everton are willing to listen to offers for England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford – even if they avoid relegation from the Premier League.
According to talkSPORT, the 28-year-old will push for a move if Everton go down as he would not want to jeopardise his place in the Three Lions’ squad during a World Cup year.
However, Toffees boss Frank Lampard is reportedly considering selling Pickford to fund a summer rebuild, regardless of which division they are in.
While Pickford has been a little inconsistent for Everton, there would be plenty of clubs interested in securing his services this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are monitoring his situation, although a move to the latter would be difficult given he previously played for Sunderland.
Pickford has been one of Everton’s better performers this season despite playing behind one of the poorest defences in the top flight.
Everton are 18th in the Premier League table, just two points behind Leeds United and Burnley with a game in hand.
They defeated Chelsea 1-0 in their most recent outing, although Pickford received plenty of criticism for his time-wasting during the game.
Former Manchester United star Roy Keane called his antics ‘disgraceful’ on Sky Sports, but he admitted he understood why it was necessary.
Everton have won just two of their last six games and face an almighty battle to retain their place in the Premier League.
They visit Leicester City and Watford in their next two games before welcoming Brentford and Crystal Palace to Goodison Park.
Even if Everton stay up, Pickford would be well advised to consider his future under manager Frank Lampard.
The former Derby County and Chelsea boss is not renowned for his defensive acumen, and Pickford may feel he would benefit from working with a more talented coach.