SUNDERLAND are considering a move for Dutch Under 21 goalkeeper Jeoren Zoet now that Simon Mignolet seems certain to leave for Liverpool.
The Black Cats have been tracking Zoet for some time and see him as a potential understudy to Keiren Westwood next season, should Mignolet go.
Reports in Holland say Sunderland scouted the 22-year-old as recently as the weekend just gone when the Dutch took on Italy in the European Under 21 Championships in Israel.
Zoet is currently at leading Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.
But Poland international Przemyslaw Tyton is the established number one keeper and Zoet has spent the last two seasons on loan at Dutch Eredivision side RKC Waalwijk making more than 70 appearances.
Newcastle United are believed to have looked at Zoet last October when the Magpies’ Dutch keeper Tim Krul was being tipped to depart but with Krul staying, the Tynesiders dropped their interest.
Sunderland, though, know they need to strengthen if Mignolet goes.
With young keeper Ben Wilson not being offered a new contract at Sunderland, Westwood, Pickford and teenager Joel Dixon are the only keepers the club have on their books.
Should Mignolet leave, Sunderland will be happy to promote Republic of Ireland stopper Westwood from deputy to first-choice at the Stadium of Light – the 28-year-old finally being rewarded for his patience at playing back-up for the vast majority of the last seasons.
Next season he would be given the chance to make the number one shirt his own.
And Zoet would be brought in to strengthen the Black Cats’ options and push Westwood all the way.
There were rumours over the weekend that Mignolet was having talks with the Reds but that was not the case.
Liverpool and Sunderland are continuing to negotiate potential terms and the Belgian’s camp will not be involved in talks until agreement is reached.
But the Echo understands that agreement is close between the two sides and the move is still expected to go through.