A number of players have moved between Sunderland and Newcastle but earlier this month, Jordan Pickford insisted he would ‘never do that’.
According to an ‘exclusive’ in the media today though, Newcastle are going to test that resolve.
‘Newcastle have made a shock raid for Jordan Pickford’ according to The Sun.
They claim in their exclusive that Rafa Benitez has made Pickford one of his main targets this summer and is hoping to sign the player ahead of Everton, with the offer of a long-term contract and £75,000 a week wages.
The goalkeeper has been one of a very small number of positives for the Mackems this season, making two Premier League appearances last season, then an injury to first choice Vito Mannone early this campaign gave the Washington born keeper his chance.
Having spent loan spells at Darlington, Alfreton, Burton, Carlisle, Bradford and Preston, Jordan Pickford had racked up a decent amount of experience in the lower leagues.
With Jermain Defoe able to leave on a free now Sunderland are relegated, Jordan Pickford will be one of very few players who the Wearsiders could get any decent cash for.
With the money in the Premier League these days, it looks guaranteed that there will be offers, even though Sunderland are rock bottom of the league and have conceded 60 goals in 34 matches, with the worst goal difference in the whole division.
Newcastle are not exactly short of goalkeepers at the moment but as to whether they have got a really top class Premier League one is still open to doubt.
Karl Darlow was number one and has performed well this season, though still prone to the odd game where he has lost concentration, especially when making decisions to come for the ball at the edge/outside of his box. Leading Rafa to give Rob Elliot starts in the last couple of matches.
Despite Darlow finishing last season off well in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez clearly had doubts as he brought in Matz Sels as his number one.
Rob Elliot is yet to prove himself really in the Premier League, having made only 35 starts at the top level in his entire career.
Tim Krul’s form declined at Newcastle in the last few seasons and he is conceding plenty on loan at AZ, whilst difficult to see Sels coming back as number one.
Newcastle of course have their own promising young goalkeeper as well, though 20 year old Freddie Woodman is no doubt due another year or two out on loan before potentially competing for the number one shirt.
If Newcastle did make an offer for Jordan Pickford, then it will be interesting to see what the Sunderland keeper would do when the money is down, despite having declared ‘I’m never going to Newcastle’.
When asked the question by Sky Sports earlier this month, Jordan Pickford was never going to say anything different.
However, these days I always think ‘never say never’ because after Newcastle born and bred Lee Clark moved to Wearside, I can believe anything is possible.
Jordan Pickford speaking to Sky Sports earlier this month:
“I would never do that (sign for Newcastle).
“I couldn’t do it myself, not me.
“I’m never going to Newcastle.”