Jordan Pickford has undergone a medical as part of a proposed £30m transfer to Everton.
When a furious Jordan Pickford conceded a goal during a training exercise with England’s Under-21’s at St George’s Park this week, he whacked and burst one of the inflatable mannequins that had been put up to complicate the strikers’ route to goal.
As he stands on the verge of history, Brendan Rodgers has urged Sunderland to move for Derek McInnes, the key figure standing between Celtic and that unprecedented achievement.
Jermain Defoe is set to join Bournemouth from Sunderland as a free agent on a three-year deal that will pay him £20m – including the signing-on fee. The 34-year-old striker, capped 56 times by England, has exercised a relegation-release clause in his Sunderland contract and he will return to the club for whom he played at the beginning of his career.
David Moyes saw it as the high-point of his managerial career when chosen to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United by the man himself. He could never have imagined it would be the turning point, or that a reputation built so carefully could unravel so quickly.
The clock on the screens at either end of this arena displayed 26 minutes when the pre-planned farewell properly kicked in. Antonio Conte delivered a choreographed nod and a wink from the sidelines, Diego Costa passed on the message and Jordan Pickford obligingly sliced the ball out of play.
David Moyes is disappointed some of the 11 senior Sunderland players who have declared themselves unfit for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea were not prepared to put themselves through the pain barrier at Stamford Bridge.
John Terry has suggested he could shelve plans to play on and retire from football altogether on his release from Chelsea this summer, with the former England captain considering his options at the end of the season.
As Chris Wood prepared to finalise a £15m move to Burnley, his Leeds United team-mates suggested life after the exit of the prolific New Zealand striker might not be quite as grim as feared.
Satisfactory is never the most thrilling assessment to take away from a match but Simon Grayson and Gary Rowett could depart the Stadium of Light feeling a point had been gained and, for Grayson in particular, a point had also been made.
It does not take Jermain Defoe long to roll back the years after walking back into a pocket of Dean Court. It was here where it all started for a raw, tenacious teenage striker looking to make his mark on loan from West Ham United in October 2000.