Gabby Agbonlahor has questioned why Jordan Pickford agreed to sign a new contract at Everton and backed Tottenham Hotspur to make a move for the England star.
The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that the 28-year-old had already expressed a desire to stay at Everton and even verbally agreed to sign a five-year deal at the club.
The report explained that the deal was initially expected to be completed before Pickford flew to Qatar for the World Cup but the Toffees are yet to offer the deal to the goalkeeper due to boardroom issues.
It was alleged that the likes of Spurs had been alerted by the delay and were looking to push through a deal for the England shot-stopper.
Agbonlahor believes that it is time for Pickford to make a step up to a top-six club, insisting that the goalkeeper would be ‘perfect’ for Antonio Conte’s side.
When asked about The Mail’s report, the former Aston Villa man told talkSPORT on 28/12/22: “Does it sound like their (Everton) finances aren’t in order and they maybe can’t offer the contract that Pickford wants or people are saying that has been agreed.
“Maybe the club hasn’t got the money to agree to that deal. Also strange for me is that you would think Jordan Pickford would be looking at moving. I am looking at his teammates and they are playing Champions League football. Declan Rice is looking to leave and play win things.
“I am sure at 28, it’s the perfect age for Jordan Pickford to be thinking ‘you know what I want to go and play Champions League football. I don’t want to be in a relegation battle’.
“Maybe his agent has had them convos, with Spurs who need a keeper, Lloris is getting on and maybe they are looking elsewhere.
“It’s strange he would want to sign a new contract. A player like Jordan Pickford isn’t signing a relegation clause in his contract. Only if the relegation clause says you lose half your wages, but I can leave for £10 million.
“I went through the top six or seven teams that need a keeper. Arsenal are fine. Man City are fine. Man United maybe could need one. Chelsea have two keepers. Liverpool have Alisson.
“It’s only Spurs, with Lloris, who is getting on now into his 30s. Is that a club you could see Pickford at? I think it is. He can play out from the back like the best keepers in the world.
“England’s number one. Great shot-stopper. He has that energy in his game. I think he would be a perfect signing for Spurs.”
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Tottenham are by no means likely to be the only Premier League club eyeing a move for Pickford. It has been well documented over recent months that Man Utd and Chelsea also want a number one and so one can expect the competition for the Everton star to heat up if he does not sign a new deal.
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