Everton new boy Jordan Pickford is intent on proving his worth in the upper echelons of the Premier League after becoming the most expensive British goalkeeper in history.
The Toffees paid an initial £25m, which could rise by another £5m with potential add-ons, to Sunderland for the 23-year-old, who is currently on England Under-21 duty at the European Championship.
“Last season was my first in the Premier League so to get this opportunity with Everton now, to be able to go forward with my career and show everyone what I can do with Everton is unbelievable,” said Pickford.
“It’s a great club, a massive club and it’s a great opportunity and the right time for me to come to Everton and show what I can do.”
Pickford’s fee has smashed the previous record for a British goalkeeper of £10m, which was paid by now Everton boss Ronald Koeman for Celtic’s Fraser Forster while in charge of former club Southampton.
Dethroned Premier League champions Leicester, meanwhile, kicked off their summer spending with the £17m capture of Hull centre-half Harry Maguire yesterday.
The 24-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal, said: “There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager [Craig Shakespeare] here, he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club.”