David Moyes has revealed Sunderland turned down the chance to sign Joe Hart from Manchester City in the summer.
Hart left City to join Serie A outfit Torino on a season-long loan deal after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola.
Sunderland were in the market for a goalkeeper following an injury to Vito Mannone, however Moyes instead decided to keep faith with Jordan Pickford.
“Vito Mannone was probably the no 1 on experience but his injury meant we needed to turn to Jordan and he has stood up to all we’ve asked of him,” Moyes said.
“Joe Hart would have been ideal for us but I had to think of Jordan’s progression too and he hasn’t let us down.”
Pickford, 22, has impressed for the Black Cats and was recently called into the England squad as a replacement for the injured Tom Heaton.
“Hopefully he will become England’s No 1 for the future, he has the attributes and if he keeps his attitude of working hard, he won’t go far wrong,” Moyes added.