Report: Spurs scouts watch Jordan Pickford, becomes key transfer target

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Tottenham are reportedly continuing to pursue Sunderland-owned goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur scout Ian Broomfield went to watch Preston goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in action last week - and he has now become one of Spurs' top transfers priorities.

Pickford, 21, has come up through the ranks at Sunderland, but has yet to make his debut for the Black Cats after a number of loan moves, which have seen him move to Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United and Bradford City.

Now, the talented shot stopper is on loan at Preston North End, and has been earning rave reviews for his performances at Deepdale this season.

The England Under-21 star is now attracting interest as a result of his displays for the Lilywhites, with The Sun reporting that Tottenham scout Ian Broomfield went to watch Pickford in action earlier this month.

It's also stated that, having been suitably impressed with Pickford's display, the young goalkeeper is now a top target for Tottenham ahead of the January transfer window.

Pickford is scheduled to stay at Deepdale until the end of the season, but Sunderland will no doubt be able to recall him come January, if a Premier League rival had given an indication that they were willing to stump up the cash to purchase him permanently.

It seems that Spurs would see Pickford as a developmental goalkeeper prospect, with a youngster possibly seen as an option to sit behind Michel Vorm and Hugo Lloris before eventually pushing for a first team spot down the line.

With exceptional distribution and confidence to command his area, Pickford has been outstanding for Preston this season - and if Spurs want a young, English goalkeeper to develop at White Hart Lane, there may not be a better candidate for that role than Pickford.

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