PL 23-year-old reportedly eyed by Everton and Arsenal talks about future
By Will Butcher
Jordan Pickford has refused to rule out a move away from Sunderland in the future as he continues to shine in David Moyes’ beleaguered side.
Pickford is interesting Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City according to Bleacher Report transfer expert Dean Jones, with a summer transfer bid likely for Sunderland’s stopper.
Speaking to BBC One’s live transmission of Football Focus, Pickford revealed that it would be hard to leave his boyhood club but claimed he wants to do whatever it takes to realise his potential.
Asked about his future and a potential move, Pickford said: “I am ambitious and I want to be the best player I can be.”
“It would be hugely difficult to leave Sunderland. I’ve been at this club since I was seven or eight so I don’t want to think about leaving and I can’t do that right now.”
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Pickford is arguably Sunderland’s most important player at the moment, along with top scorer Jermain Defoe, as they look destined to suffer relegation from the Premier League.
Sitting rock bottom of the division and 10 points from safety, Sunderland are expected to be in the Championship next season and that could tempt Pickford to jump ship in the summer.
His comments are likely to put interested clubs on red alert, as he continues to shine for the Black Cats.
However, Sunderland’s number 13 has a contract until the summer of 2020, and is likely to command a large transfer fee if he does leave in the summer.
Pickford, who is yet to be capped by England’s senior team but has 10 Under-21’s caps to his name, is expected to start in his side’s clash against Man United tomorrow at the Stadium of Light.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Olivier Giroud’s agent has given this verdict on reports suggesting he was in contact with Marseille.