Connect in the back of the net

According to the Daily Star, West Ham United are intent on signing Sunderland’s young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

So intent, it seems, that they are willing to offer cash and Adrian to tempt the Black Cats into selling their prized asset.

Whilst the fee has not been mentioned, it is estimated that the overall value of the deal would be £25 million, taking in Adrian’s worth.


The Verdict

Pickford’s performances last season was a ray of sun in a cloud of gloom. Only Pickford and Jermain Defoe were able to hold their heads up high after Sunderland’s dismal relegation.

Pickford made the second most number of saves last season – behind Tom Heaton of Burnley – and is an assured and confident shot stopper.

He has been marked out as a future England international and certainly has a bright future.

Yet, it would represent a risk to sing someone still so inexperienced.

For a club of the Hammers’ size, who have Europa League ambition they need a goalkeeper they can rely upon – Pickford might well turn out to be that man, but it would still be a precarious decision to put all of their eggs in the young man’s basket.


Written by Michael Jones

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