However, given the 28-year-old’s connection to Sunderland, Crook believes a transfer would be difficult.
What is the latest news involving Pickford?
As per talkSPORT, Everton are ready to listen to offers for Pickford this summer, with Newcastle one club who are thought to be interested in him.
This comes after The Telegraph reported last year that Tottenham were lining up the Englishman as a potential successor to Hugo Lloris.
Interest in Pickford comes as no surprise, as the shot-stopper has been one of Everton’s best performers in what has been a miserable campaign for the Toffees.
His performance in the 1-0 win against Chelsea at the start of the month was particularly impressive, with the Evening Standard hailing his display as “magnificent”.
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What has Crook said about Pickford and Newcastle?
While there is interest, Crook thinks Pickford’s Sunderland roots could make a move to St James’ Park tricky.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the talkSPORT journalist said: “Jordan Pickford, I think, is someone they’ve looked at but might be too difficult with the Sunderland connection.
“But yeah, it’d be that calibre of signing [Newcastle make] as opposed to your Robinho-type signing, if you like, when Man City were in the same situation.”
Would Pickford be a good signing for Newcastle?
Since joining Everton from Sunderland for £25m back in 2017, Pickford has certainly proven that he is a capable goalkeeper at this level.
“He has been the hero for Everton with the saves he’s made in the last few games. They’ve just been at the right time and absolutely world-class and outstanding,” his former manager Sam Allardyce recently said.
In total, the ex-Sunderland star has made 210 appearances in the Premier League, while he has also been capped 43 times by England, meaning Newcastle would be getting a goalkeeper with a lot of experience.
Ultimately, if Eddie Howe wants a new No.1 this summer, then Pickford could be a great option, especially if Everton end up going down. The only problem is, of course, that link to Newcastle’s fierce rivals Sunderland.
But if everyone can look past that, from supporters to Pickford himself, it is a move that could benefit all parties. Right now, it does seem unlikely, but it could be one to keep an eye on once Everton’s final league position is known.