Everton have been linked with Stoke City’s Jack Butland.
According to a report in the Sun, Everton are considering selling goalkeeper Jordan Pickford this summer and replacing him with Stoke City number one Jack Butland – a transfer which could be bad news for Derby County.
The Toffees are said to be tempted to sell Pickford as a result of his inconsistent form over the course of the season. The England number one made a high-profile error during the 1-0 Merseyside defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Everton recruitment chief Marcel Brands also recently claimed the club may have to sell to raise funds for other summer targets, with Pickford valued at £50 million by the editorial.
Burnley’s Nick Pope and Stoke City’s Jack Butland are the two names mentioned as potential replacements, with the latter seemingly set to depart the Potters this season after a poor Championship campaign.
Should Everton buy the fellow England international this summer, Stoke will need to find a replacement and Sky Sports claim they have one eye on Derby County’s Kelle Roos who is out of contract this summer.
Roos originally joined Derby back in 2014 as an understudy to Lee Grant and Adam Legzdins. When those two moved on, he became the club’s number two behind another England international Scott Carson.
But Carson has struggled for form and with injuries since the turn of the new year, providing Roos a chance to claim the number one spot which he has gone on to do with several impressive displays.
The Dutch goalkeeper has made 14 starts for the Rams this season, conceding 14 goals though six of those came against Premier League sides Southampton and Brighton in the FA Cup.
Derby will now be desperate to retain the 26-year-old’s services beyond the summer, but Roos has yet to sign a new contract at Pride Park and Stoke may be able to offer him a better deal at the Bet 365 Stadium.
It would not be the first time the Potters have prised away a key figure from Derby, as just over ten months ago manager Gary Rowett opted to leave the Rams for what he deemed better prospects at Stoke.