Sunderland manager David Moyes (Picture: Getty)
David Moyes says Sunderland will demand £30million for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a fine season at the Stadium of Light but was unable to prevent the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Only one goalkeeper – Burnley’s Tom Heaton – made more saves than Pickford during the campaign and he is now being strongly linked with a summer move.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton are reportedly expressing interest in Pickford but the clubs have been told they will have to spend £30million to secure his services.
‘It would need to be a really, really big offer,’ Moyes said. ‘I have said all through the season that sometimes on your journey, you may have to sell to improve.
‘But I have heard some really derisory sort of figures getting mentioned, and it wouldn’t be any of those figures, I can tell you that.’
Pressed on whether a fee in the region of £30m would represent a fair valuation of Pickford, Moyes replied: ‘Yes.’
Pickford made 11 saves in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday and after the match, Arsene Wenger praised his performance.
But the Gunners boss was quick to downplay reports that claim he is ready to sanction a move for the youngster when the window opens.
‘The keeper saved 11 of them so he did extremely well,’ Wenger said. ‘We have plenty of goalkeepers.
‘We have Petr Cech, [David] Ospina, [Wojciech] Szczesny and [Emiliano] Martinez. If there’s anyone we don’t want to buy it’s another goalkeeper.’