'Pickford is a bargain at £30m' - Southall and Shilton praise Everton target

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Two goalkeeping legends believe that the proposed transfer fee for the 23-year-old represents good value for money in today's transfer market

Retired goalkeeping duo Peter Shilton and Neville Southall have both heaped praise on £30 million Everton target Jordan Pickford.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees, and would become the third most expensive goalkeeper in history should he move from Sunderland for £30m.

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Pickford's proposed transfer fee has sparked much discussion as he has played just 31 top-flight games, but former Everton goalkeeper Southall believes that the young shotstopper could be worth as much as 12 points a season for Ronald Koeman's side.

Ex-Wales international Southall tweeted that Pickford has the "potential to go all the way to world level", while former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton also believes the youngster is definitely worth the money being mooted.

"This sort of money should be spent on goalkeepers," Shilton told the Liverpool Echo .

“For someone like Jordan, who is young and has great potential, it does not seem a great fee.

“In the big scheme of things it is not a lot of money, considering how important the goalkeeping position is. It is second to a striker who scores 20 goals a season. You cannot have a really good side without a good goalkeeper.”

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