Bradford City boss on move for Sunderland midfielder

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Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has revealed he is not yet sure whether the League One side will be offering Sunderland Under-21s skipper Liam Agnew a deal.

Agnew has spent two week-long trial spells at Bradford over the last month and made an appearance for their reserves after Sunderland gave the go-ahead for the midfielder to try to earn a move to Valley Parade.

It is understood that Agnew has impressed Bradford boss Parkinson and there have been talks over the academy product joining the Bantams on a two-year deal when his Sunderland contract expires this summer.

But speaking at his pre-match press conference, Parkinson has played down talk of a summer move, adding he was "not sure" if he will look to bring in Agnew after the season.

The Bantams boss told the Telegraph & Argus: "He's a player we were watching in the Under-21s but we didn’t feel we needed to bring him on loan."

Agnew has made just one first-team appearance for Sunderland - as a late substitute in last season’s FA Cup fourth round win at Fulham - and at 21, he would need to be registered in the first-team squad next year if the Black Cats opted to keep him at the Stadium of Light.

But it is thought that Agnew is one of the players in the Under-21 squad who has been told that he can find another club when his contract expires in the summer.