Sunderland goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford made quite a few headlines this past season with his stint in goal with the Black Cats earning him fair praise and accolades from fans and experts alike.
With Sunderland relegated and manager David Moyes no longer at the club, it should come as no surprise that the Premier League clubs would be willing to swoop in on the youngster.
Latest reports state that West Ham United are apparently interested in signing the relegated star and are willing to make an audacious bid of player plus money to acquire the talisman’s services.
Pickford had signed a new contract with the Black Cats in the summer of 2016, tying him at the Stadium of Light till 2020. With 3 years still remaining on his contract, Sunderland should play hardball in releasing the custodian as he is seen as one of the future stars.
The Hammers are trying to negotiate with the Black Cats’ asking price of £30m and are set to pay £20m plus Adrian.
The Sunderland goalie made a sudden entry into the limelight after having only 2 appearances for the club in 2016 and then going on to establish himself as first-team regular in 2017, showcasing stellar performances in between the sticks.
- Keeping in mind the defensive line-up he had at Sunderland the youngster has still managed to keep 4 clean sheets and make an amazing 135 saves for his team showcasing his individual contribution in keeping those clean sheets.
- The player accumulated 0 cards in his entire Premier League campaign showcasing the calmness in the penalty box. (Stats via Whoscored)
What’ll he offer the Club?
The 22-year old English International could prove to be an ideal long-term solution for the Hammers at the back. One can only predict that he would get better and sturdier in the seasons to come.
The fact that the youngster has been linked with many other bigwigs proves that he possesses the right ingredient to become one of the best in front goal.
With Pickford at the back, Bilic could expect better consistency and lower goal allowance next season.
Worth the money?
Pickford was one of the key figures at Stadium of Light and it is only natural that the Black Cats would want a high transfer fee for the player. But only time will tell whether the English international would opt for Hammers or wait out to opt for bigger clubs to boost his ambition.
Nonetheless, Bilic should go all out on this one if they want to vie for a respectable place at the top half of the table next season.