Sunderland are rivalling Burnley to the potential signing of young Manchester United goalkeeper Jacob Carney according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Man U. Young keeper Jacob Carney (on loan at Portadown) wanted by both Burnley and Sunderland for their under-21 sides.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 2, 2021
Carney is currently on loan with Northern Irish side Portadown, and has made 22 appearances for them in all competitions this season.
But he’s out-of-contract with Manchester United at the end of this year’s campaign, and it remains to be seen as to whether the Premier League giants will offer him a new contract at Old Trafford beyond the 2020/21 season.
It is claimed that both Sunderland and Burnley are keen to sign Carney ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, but for their Under-21 teams.
Carney has previously been out on loan with the likes of Stocksbridge and Brighouse Town earlier in his career, as the Red Devils looked to find him regular game time in senior football.
But it remains to be seen as to whether he has much of a future with Manchester United, with the Premier League side having a number of options ahead of him in the pecking order at this moment in time.
A move to the Stadium of Light could be tempting for the shot-stopper, with Lee Johnson’s side in contention to win promotion back into the Championship this term.
Sunderland are currently sat third in the League One table, and will fancy their chances of winning promotion via the play-offs this season under Johnson’s guidance.
The Black Cats are set to return to action next weekend, when they take on already-relegated Northampton Town at the Stadium of Light.
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This could be a good signing in the future for Sunderland.
Carney has shown glimpses of his potential whilst out on loan with Portadown this season, but it doesn’t seem as though that’ll be enough to warrant him signing a new deal with Manchester United.
At the age of 20, he’s still got his best years ahead of him, and could be a solid addition to both Burnley and Sunderland’s Under-21s teams in the future.
He could be worth a punt for the Black Cats.