Pick­ford at­tract­ing in­ter­est from big clubs

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Jor­dan Pick­ford is be­ing heav­ily cov­eted, with sev­eral Premier League sides in­ter­ested in the Sun­der­land goal­keeper and Gareth South­gate con­sid­er­ing hand­ing him an Eng­land callup this month.

South­gate was at Good­i­son Park last week to watch the 22year-old play on his re­turn from a two-month knee in­jury.

Ever­ton are among those keep­ing track of Pick­ford — while Ar­se­nal, Manch­ester City and Liverpool may also be in the mar­ket for a new shot-stop­per this summer.

Pick­ford was in­cluded in Eng­land’s se­nior squad for their World Cup qual­i­fier with Slove­nia in Oc­to­ber af­ter Burn­ley No 1 Tom Heaton with­drew with a mi­nor in­jury.

South­gate could call him up again. The Eng­land boss plans to name his squad for this month’s in­ter­na­tional fix­tures on March 16 — six days be­fore Eng­land travel to Dort­mund to face Germany in a friendly.

Pick­ford’s stock has risen at the Sta­dium of Light de­spite their trou­bles this sea­son. It is un­likely that Sun­der­land will be able to hold on to their academy prod­uct this summer, par­tic­u­larly if they drop down to the Cham­pi­onship.

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