Report: Allardyce bringing Jordan Pickford back to Sunderland, will compete for first-team place

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford looks set to return to Sunderland.

According to The Sun, Sunderland are ready to recall England Under-21 goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from his loan spell at Preston North End.

Pickford, 21, has come up through the ranks at Sunderland having been born in nearby Washington, but has spent most of his career out on loan.

The young shot stopper has had spells with Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and now Preston North End, where he is thriving.

Pickford has conceded just 16 goals in 19 games at North End this season, keeping ten clean sheets in those 19 games - which is the most in the Championship.

He has improved markedly at commanding his area, whilst his kicking is already outstanding, and he helped Preston beat Burnley 2-0 on Saturday with a world class save from Sam Vokes.

It's therefore no surprise that Sunderland are looking to bring Pickford back to the Stadium of Light, with The Sun reporting that manager Sam Allardyce has watched the England Under-21 international in action recently, and is ready to cut his loan spell at Preston short.

The report also states that Pickford will immediately challenge Costel Pantilimon for the No. 1 jersey upon his return, with Allardyce clearly impressed with his performances at Deepdale this season.

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