Sunday 25 August 2019

Pickford injury to end transfer speculation

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Luke Edwards

Sunderland will lose goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for at least six weeks with a knee injury, which should bring an end speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal next month.

Manchester City have also regularly scouted Pickford this season, but Sunderland manager David Moyes wants to keep the player on Wearside for at least another six months as they battle to avoid relegation.

Moyes has privately described the emergence - and rapid development - of Pickford as the highlight of a difficult six months as Sunderland boss and would love to keep the academy graduate on Wearside long term.

However, the Scot knows there is already a huge amount of interest in the 22-year-old from rival Premier League clubs and, given the tricky financial situation at the Stadium of Light, he understands there will be pressure to sell in the summer if someone bids more than £20m (€23m).

In the meantime, Pickford is likely to be out of action until the end of February after he injured his knee in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on St Stephen's Day.

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