Ronald Koeman hopes to beat his rivals, including Germany’s Red Bull Leipzig, to the England Under-21 starlet by quickly agreeing a fee with the relegated Black Cats.

However, Sunderland will reject the offer as they want £20m.

Pickford has been the star of their miserable season and owner Ellis Short will only sell for huge money.

And because Pickford is on a relatively low salary, they are in no rush to get his wages off their payroll.

Sunderland have also brought in top talent- spotter Rob Mackenzie to help plot their Premier League return.