By Jack Malone

Everton are set to launch a bid for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, according to The Sun.

The 22-year-old is seen as a future star between the sticks and the Toffees are keen to snap him up as their long-term number one.

The current keeper at Goodison Park, Maarten Stekelenburg, has been in sparkling form this season and saved two penalties in the 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Saturday.

However, at 34 the Dutchman has a limited shelf life and Pickford is viewed as the ideal replacement.

The Sunderland stopper is a local boy and has been at the club since 2002, so it would be something of a wrench for him to leave at this stage of his development.

However, with the club currently propping up the Premier League table and without a win this season, keeping hold of their brightest talent is going to be increasingly difficult.

Pickford recently received international recognition with a call up to the senior England squad for the match against Slovenia as a replacement for the injured Tom Heaton.

David Moyes is a huge admirer of his star keeper and will reportedly demand a huge fee for the youngster to leave, but it remains to be seen whether this will be enough to deter any potential suitors.

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