Moyes warns clubs keen on signing Sunderland ace Jordan Pickford

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford celebrates after Patrick van Aanholt scores their first goal

Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford is viewed as a prized asset on Wearside.

England's Jordan Pickford during trainingEngland's Jordan Pickford during training

David Moyes has warned potential suitors that Sunderland will not sell goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on the cheap following his recent call-up to the England senior squad, the Mirror report.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper came through the youth ranks at Sunderland and went on to enjoy successful loan spells at Carlisle United, Braford City and Championship side Preston North End.

He returned to the Black Cats on New Year’s Eve and made his Premier League debut last January before going on to sign a new deal with the Wearside club until 2020.

This season, the injury to Vito Mannone has seen him become the club’s number one, and his solid form has prompted a call-up to the England squad under current caretaker manager Gareth Southgate.

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford saves from Tottenham's Erik LamelaSunderland's Jordan Pickford saves from Tottenham's Erik Lamela

Pickford is widely regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the country, and Sunderland boss Moyes warns that the Black Cats view him as a prized asset and won’t allow him to leave in a hurry.

“The top clubs will be looking at Jordan, and I’d expect them to be. That’s what happens,” Moyes said, quoted by the Mirror.

“I don’t think we’d ever be in a hurry to sell Jordan. And if we do then we know we’ve got a big commodity, with him being a young England goalkeeper. But part of bringing players here will be that we have to sell some on the way.”

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford celebrates after Patrick van Aanholt scores their first goalSunderland's Jordan Pickford celebrates after Patrick van Aanholt scores their first goal

Sunderland haven’t started the Premier League season well, picking up just two points from their opening seven games as they head to fellow strugglers Stoke City this weekend.

If the Black Cats look to keep hold of their better players, they must preserve their Premier League status or risk losing them to the Premier League’s established challengers.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action with Sunderland's Jordan PickfordEverton's Romelu Lukaku in action with Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

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