Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has responded to rumours linking him the a move to Newcastle United, claiming he would ‘never’ join his North-East rivals.
Pickford has been one of few players to perform at Sunderland this season, but his form between the sticks hasn’t been enough to save David Moyes’ side, seeing the Mackems officially relegated to the Championship over the weekend.
The 23 year-old’s performances have alerted several Premier League clubs, with one of those rumoured to have been Newcastle United.
When asked if he would emulate Jack Colback in crossing the Tyne-Wear divide, Pickford said the following:
“Jack’s playing on the other side of the water these days unfortunately. I would never do that,”
“I couldn’t do it myself. I would never go to Newcastle. (Leaving Sunderland) is not something I’ve looked at yet and it’s not something I want to look at either.”
I can’t say i’m surprised to hear this, however, it is worth mentioning that a goalkeeper should be the least of our worries this summer.
Matz Sels could be moved on, but competition for the no.1 spot will be rife between the capable trio of Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Tim Krul – not forgetting that the talented Freddie Woodman is also set to return following a successful spell in Scotland.