Leicester City are set to make an offer for Sunderland goalkeeper Anthony Patterson, according to The Northern Echo.
The 22-year-old stopper has made the no.1 spot his own this season at the Stadium of Light, starting all 34 games this season with the Mackems currently sitting in 9th – five points outside the play-offs.
Patterson took over as Sunderland’s first-choice keeper last season and he played every minute of the League One play-offs, replacing Ron-Thorben Hoffmann between the sticks.
The youngster’s rise has been so impressive that The Northern Echo’s Scott Wilson has now reported that Premier League side Leicester City are preparing to make a formal offer for his services in the summer, with the Foxes believed to be leading a queue of top flight clubs interested.
A step-up to the top-flight just 18 months after playing for National League side Notts County would usually bring the risk of limited minutes. Bu the Foxes’ dire defence this season has seen current stopper Danny Ward come under heavy scrutiny for his position.
Ready for a move?
Given his rise at Sunderland and interest from the Premier League, it’s incredible to think that Patterson is yet to receive a single England youth cap at any level.
Having only conceded 38 goals in 34 games, keeping ten clean sheets in the process, Patterson looks set to be rewarded with a place in Lee Carsley’s U21 side later this month.
With the potential for good performances to push him further into the spotlight and bring more teams to the table. Sunderland previously didn’t stand in Jordan Pickford’s way as he left for Premier League side Everton, with this scenario potentially playing out very similarly.
Patterson returns to action for Sunderland on Saturday as they host Stoke City in the 3pm kick off.