Arsenal ready to make shock move for Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford

As reported in an exclusive by The Evening Standard, Arsenal are ready to make a surprising transfer move for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in January.

What’s the word?

Petr Cech has conceded a goal in his last 8 Premier League matches, leaving question marks about his ability to lead Arsenal’s defence on a long-term basis.

According to The Standard, Arsene Wenger is ready to end that problem at the Emirates with a January move for England U21 international Jordan Pickford.

The report says that while the deal would be done in January, Arsenal would send him back on loan to Sunderland with the Black Cats currently locked in a relegation battle.

That could suit David Moyes who is thought to not have a big budget in January. The compromise of a big transfer fee to re-invest while retaining one of his best players at a key time could benefit all parties.

Worth the cash?

Pickford has emerged as one of England’s top talents between the sticks this season after years out on loan at lower league clubs, learning his trade.

Representing his nation at six different age groups, Pickford is tipped as a potential future England regular. He received his first call up to the squad for October’s qualifier vs. Slovenia but didn’t get any game time.

A move to Arsenal would only enhance his reputation and if he can break into the first team at the Emirates, perhaps a regular start for Gareth Southgate’s side is inevitable.

The young goalkeeper kept his third clean sheet of this season just last week at home to Watford, making 4 saves across the 90 minutes.