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Report: Everton consider replacing Jordan Pickford with Gavin Bazunu

Gavin Bazunu could be on his way to Everton this summer.

Ireland’s number one goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has drawn interest from Everton, according to the Irish Independent. 

Everton had reportedly been keeping track of Bazunu’s progress throughout his loan spell, at League One side Portsmouth, in the season just gone.

Bazunu played 44 league matches for Pompey and helped himself to the Player’s Player of the Season award by keeping sixteen clean sheets in that time.

The Firhouse native’s passing abilities would have also impressed Toffees scouts as he launched many a Portsmouth attack under Danny Cowley.

Interestingly, however, it is now understood that those Everton scouts were on the lookout for a promising goalkeeper as part of a transfer plan to revive their fortunes after a disappointing 2021/2022 season.

Everton could cash in on Pickford this summer.

It has been reported in the UK that Everton are looking to rejig their playing squad this summer after an unsatisfactory campaign.

The Merseysiders are currently in 16th place in the Premier League and, although odds-on for survival at this point, they will certainly need reinforcements to help avoid a repeat episode next season.

For that reason, selling star goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at the right price is being considered a viable option to boost their transfer budget.

The transfer fee would allow Frank Lampard to spend big in the transfer market but he would of course need to find a good value replacement goalkeeper before improving his outfield options.

Gavin Bazunu.

Irish Independent journalist Daniel McDonnell says that a buyback option would be explored by Manchester City in any event where Bazunu agreed a transfer move rather than a loan move over the next couple of months.

City hold the former Shamrock Rovers stopper in high regard but have reportedly already received queries from the likes of Southampton and Sheffield United.

Bazunu has repeatedly stated that his preference is to play first-team football on a weekly basis and the likelihood of him playing second-fiddle to Ederson at the Etihad next season seems remote at this moment in time.

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