Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats in Double Keeper Disaster

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats in Double Keeper Disaster

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Sunderland face the possibility of losing two promising young goalkeepers this summer.

While chairman Bob Murray stated this week he does not anticipate "wholesale changes", Premiership clubs are taking an interest in 19-year Ben Alnwick and 18-year-old Trevor Carson.

"From a financial perspective we do not need to make wholesale changes and can maintain a competitive squad that will be able to challenge for promotion," Murray said.

"We have some good young players and whilst it hasn't happened for them this season, I'm sure they will be desperate to repay the fans next season."

But he added the caveat: "A player may wish to move on and if that's the case and it's in the best interests of both parties we will deal with it." That could prove to be the situation with both Alnwick and Carson.

The Black Cats might expect around pounds 1m for Alnwick ( their second-choice goalkeeper ( if Tottenham Hotspur follow up their reported interest with a firm bid. If Northern Ireland youth international Carson left, however, the fee would be set by a tribunal because he has rejected a new contract.

Having come through the ranks, Carson is highly rated at the Stadium of Light and was on the bench for the abandoned game against Fulham a week-and-a-half ago.

Sunderland were keen to retain his services but have failed to come to an agreement, alerting a number of leading clubs.

Carson rejected the overtures of Chelsea, Everton, Ipswich Town and Rangers to join the Wearsiders in 2004. Newcastle United and Tottenham are both thought to be monitoring the situation.

Since the arrival of Martin Jol and Frank Arnesen last season, Spurs have cornered the market in recruiting emerging British talent and England Under-19 international Alnwick falls into that group.

The Prudhoe-born youngster impressed after making his debut during an injury crisis at the end of the 2004-5 Championship-winning season. …

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