The Sunderland goalkeeper, in Poland on England Under-21 duty, had wanted to postpone a decision until after the European Championship but Everton have moved swiftly to seal what would be a record transfer for a British keeper.
Having agreed to meet Sunderland’s asking price for the 23-year-old earlier this week, with add-ons taking the fee to £30m, Everton sent members of their medical team to Poland to complete the next stage of the transfer.
Pickford’s arrival will be part of a significant outlay by Everton this summer, with Ronald Koeman also close to adding fellow Dutchman Davy Klaassen to his midfield. Everton are understood to be at an advanced stage of negotiations with Ajax for their captain and are interested in the Burnley defender Michael Keane, Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Malaga striker Sandro Ramírez.
Everton’s director of football, Steve Walsh, has travelled to Italy to discuss potential arrivals from Serie A.
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