Report: Manchester United want Sunderland prospect Jordan Pickford

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in securing the signature of Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford this summer.

United clinched the FA Cup for the first time since 2004 with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, but speculation about the club's managerial situation somewhat overshadowed the celebrations.

BBC Sport reported shortly after the final whistle at Wembley Stadium that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be replacing Louis van Gaal as the club's manager this summer, meaning United are likely to be overhauling their squad with ins and outs this summer.

Now, The Sun report that United want to sign a young goalkeeper to eventually succeed David De Gea between the sticks, and Sunderland's Jordan Pickford is one target to fill that role.

Pickford, 22, has come up through the ranks at the Stadium of Light having joined Sunderland way back in 2002, and has spent time out on loan at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End, impressing with all of them.

His displays with Preston in the first half of the season handed him a Sunderland recall, but he spent almost of his time as a backup to first-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The England Under-21 international, who has been hailed for his remarkable kicking ability, even signed a new contract with the Black Cats in January, but that doesn't appear to be deterring United.

It's believed that the Red Devils are keen to land Pickford as a long-term successor to David De Gea, but Sunderland are likely to resist any move from United - and transfer plans could yet change if Mourinho does indeed replace Van Gaal this summer.

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