Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are among the growing number of clubs expressing interest in Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, reports say.
Pickford, 23, is expected to leave the Stadium of Light this summer after Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed.
The England U21 star has enjoyed a productive campaign, attracting interest from a host of clubs, but was unable to save the Black Cats from the dreaded drop.
The Daily Telegraph say Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool, Man City and West Ham are all considering summer swoops for Pickford, with Sunderland in no position to resist substantial offers.
It is claimed United boss Mourinho will look to beat rivals City to Pickford’s signature if David De Gea leaves Old Trafford for Real Madrid.
David Moyes, who values the emerging goalkeeper at around £25million, warned Pickford against leaving the club to simply ‘sit on the bench’ somewhere else.
‘At the moment, I really wouldn’t know,’ Moyes said when asked about the player’s future. ‘Obviously it’s up to the club.
‘If Jordan was to go elsewhere and not be the number one, that wouldn’t be good for him because that would affect his progress.
‘You can see what he does for us with the saves he makes. He’s been outstanding from day one.’
David Moyes has warned Pickford against leaving the Black Cats (Picture: Getty)
The 23-year-old is a regular for England U21s (Picture: Getty)
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Moyes added: ‘I think that would be a telling factor if the alternative was to go and sit on the bench somewhere else.
‘If I was Jordan I wouldn’t do that, I’d want to be playing regularly but again Sunderland hold his contract and Jordan can’t go anywhere unless we decide to let it happen.’