Allardyce wants Pickford to stay, amidst Manchester United interest

The Black Cats have shown an interest in luring the young goalkeeper away from the Stadium of Light.

Allardyce wants Pickford to stay, amidst Manchester United interest
Jordan Pickford and Duncan Watmore celebrate England's win in Toulon. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is being tracked by Manchester United, but Sam Allardyce wants him to stay with the Black Cats.

The Wearsiders are set to snub any offers that come their way for their England under-21 starlet, after reports suggested United want him.

Red Devils keen on signing Pickford

Pickford has been playing in the Toulon Tournament, where the Young Lions beat France in the final to win the competition, and the Red Devils are understood to have had scouts watching the 'keeper.

United have been watching the talented shot-stopper for some time now, and reports first emerged last summer that they wanted to take him to Old Trafford.

However, Allardyce has no intentions to allow one of the academy’s most promising prospects to move away from the club.

The young keeper won the Toulon tournament with England (Photo: Getty Images)
The young keeper won the Toulon tournament with England (Photo: Getty Images)

One for the present, and the future

Big Sam believes Pickford will be Sunderland’s number one. The keeper has made over 100 appearances during his loan spells at Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End to name just three of his six loan clubs.

He eventually made his Sunderland debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup and that was followed by a start against the eventual runners-up of the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur.

I know Pickford won’t be going anywhere, that’s for sure,” Allardyce said.

After the young 'keeper signed a new deal shortly after the Spurs match, Allardyce called him an “exceptional talent” and said that he is “comfortable playing at the highest level”.

The Sunderland boss was pleased to see a “local lad progress through the Academy” and he believes Pickford has a bright future ahead of him.

David De Gea was wanted by Real Madrid last summer (Photo: Getty Images)
David de Gea was wanted by Real Madrid last summer (Photo: Getty Images)

Could Pickford be the answer if De Gea leaves?

Sunderland’s first choice keeper Vito Mannone has established himself in that role this season with some brilliant displays, but a return in pre-season for Pickford in probable.

The Red Devils will be desperate to keep David de Gea, but they came close to selling their number one to Real Madrid last summer.

That deal collapsed on deadline day, and new boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to keep hold of the Spaniard, who was named as Player of the Year once again for last season.