Ingham can go

SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Michael Ingham will be allowed to leave the club, Mick McCarthy confirmed today.

Blackpool are interested in signing the former Northern Ireland under-21 keeper. And the Sunderland manager today acknowledged that he will listen to offers for a keeper who has been a peripheral figure at the club for the last few seasons.

McCarthy said: "Blackpool have been looking at Michael and he has gone down there to train with them. Whether or not he'll be going there permanently, I don't know.

"But he is a player that we are prepared to let go. Michael is a good goalkeeper, there's no question about that. But I've got Mart Poom and Thomas Myhre available to me and they are top quality international goalkeepers.

"On top of that I've got young Ben Alnwick who has come along really well over last year and forced his way ahead of Michael.

"For that reason Michael's first team chances have been limited. And it will be wrong to stand in his way if he can get the opportunity of first team football elsewhere."