Pickford becomes Britain’s most expensive goalkeeper: How record-fees progressed

first_img 2001 – Chris Kirkland – Coventry to Liverpool (£6million+) – Not long after Wright headed to north London, Kirkland, another highly rated young English keeper, joined Liverpool on the same day they signed Jerzy Dudek. Kirkland was only 20 at the time, and would not represent England for another five years, but Coventry confirmed it was a fee greater than the one Arsenal spent on Wright. The presence of Dudek and a series of injuries meant Kirkland never lived up to his price tag at Anfield. 1993 – Tim Flowers – Southampton to Blackburn (£2.4million) – Solihull Moors manager Flowers brings bags of experience with him 1990 – David Seaman – QPR to Arsenal (£1.3million) – The man who kept Martyn on the Three Lions’ bench for much of his career was also a more expensive purchase for Arsenal when they decided to replace John Lukic. In the months before Seaman’s switch was completed, Gunners fans sang, “We all agree that Lukic is better than Seaman”, yet few would still hold that view now after an impressive 13-year stint that included 564 appearances and eight major trophies. getty 8 8 8 2017 – Jordan Pickford – Sunderland to Everton (£30million) – Everton broke two transfer records after opting to bring in the promising Black Cats shot-stopper. Not only did they splash out a record amount for a British goalkeeper, the Toffees also smashed their previous club-record fee of £28million – set by Romelu Lukaku in 2014 after his move from Chelsea. The 23-year-old, who is currently with the England Under-21s preparing for the European, is set to take the number one jersey at Goodison Park ahead of Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg after the duo failed to impress when given the opportunity. 8 1989 – Nigel Martyn – Bristol Rovers to Crystal Palace (£1million) – A decade after Trevor Francis became Britain’s first £1million footballer, Martyn was the first goalkeeper to attract such a fee when Crystal Palace brought the then uncapped stopper to the capital. Martyn made the first of his 23 England appearances in 1992 while with Palace and was part of the team that lost the 1990 FA Cup final to Manchester United. Palace would make a £1.25million profit on Martyn when they sold him to Leeds in 1996. center_img 8 8 Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has completed his big money move to Everton from Sunderland.Although the 23-year-old is uncapped at senior level, Ronald Koeman’s Toffees have had a bid accepted by the Black Cats which could reach £30million with various add-ons.Pickford is set to take the number one jersey at Goodison Park next season after Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg failed to make the position their own.Here, talkSPORT looks at the progression of the British record fee for keepers from 1989, when a stopper first commanded a seven-figure sum. 2001 – Richard Wright – Ipswich to Arsenal (£6million) – It looked as if Steve Simonsen would be the next to break the record when he joined Everton from Tranmere in a 1998 deal that could have been worth £3.3million. However, Simonsen failed to meet a number of the stipulations for add-ons and so Flowers’ record fee remained intact until Arsenal acquired one-cap international Wright in the summer of 2001. However, having failed to dislodge first-choice stopper Seaman, Wright moved on just 12 months later to join Everton. 8 8 2014 – Fraser Forster – Celtic to Southampton (£10million) – Gordon’s move to Celtic allowed the Bhoys to let Fraser Forster join Southampton in another record-setting transfer. Current Everton boss Koeman was in charge of the Saints when they signed Forster after he kept a Scottish top-flight record 13 clean sheets in a row. The big keeper had just returned from England’s disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign, though he was not used in Brazil by Roy Hodgson, and he remains behind the likes of Joe Hart and Jack Butland in the pecking order. 2007 – Craig Gordon – Hearts to Sunderland (£9million) – Sunderland were the ones splashing the cash on a goalkeeper eight years ago when they bought Hearts’ Gordon after returning to the top flight. Injuries also blighted Gordon’s progress, though, and he spent two years out of the game having been released by Sunderland in 2012. Last season he helped Celtic to a domestic treble when they remained unbeaten domestically and, now 34, he signed a new deal in March having reportedly attracted interest from Chelsea in the winter window. last_img