As reported by The Express, both Manchester City and Everton are hoping to sign Sunderland’s goalkeeping star Jordan Pickford this summer.
Despite him being out with a knee injury, Sunderland can’t keep the speculation around their star goalkeeper away and the Black Cats face a battle to keep a hold of him.
The Express say that City and Everton have been keeping tabs on the 22 year old all season and are ready to make their move this summer.
Pickford is said to be keen on playing Premier League football next season and will look to force a move away from the club if Sunderland are relegated to the Championship in May, according to the paper.
That leaves the door open for the Citizens and the Toffees who have both failed to find a consistent and reliable goalkeeper this term.
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 Manchester City or Everton would only enhance his reputation and if he can break into the first team at either club, perhaps a regular start for Gareth Southgate’s side is inevitable.
The young goalkeeper has been out of action since December but should return to the Sunderland first team soon and if he can stay fit and healthy, a big move in the summer seems like the logical next step in his career.