Sunderland AFC news: Transfer latest, Spurs defender on Wearside spell, England fan zone plans

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

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Sunderland and Swansea City are set to dominate the summer rumour mill with the Black Cats linked to another Swans forward.

Winger Andre Ayew is a wanted man with several Premier League sides keeping tabs on him.

He has been speaking about his future at Swansea City under Francesco Guidolin - despite suggestions linking him with a big-money move to Sunderland.

Ayew’s camp are yet to even hold talks with Swansea over the winger’s future but Sam Allardyce and his former club West Ham United are fans of the 26-year-old.

It comes as Sunderland have been linked with a fresh move for Ayew’s teammate, striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
The 30-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United in January.

Despite a promising start, his form dipped alarmingly and he fell out of favour and the Swans could be prepared to cash in.

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Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin has been speaking fondly of his time on Wearside.

The American spent the season on loan at the Stadium of Light and admits he felt 'blessed' to represent the club.

Yedlin said: "I feel blessed to have had the chance to play for Sunderland.

"I didn’t know what to expect when I first came up here.

"People had spoken about the club and the fans but it’s been better than I could ever have wished for – even on the last day when we were playing for nothing the fans created an unbelievable atmosphere.
"The staff have treated me brilliantly and the players have a very tight-knit locker room, so it’s been an amazing experience from start to finish."

And finally, fans attending to forthcoming England international at the Stadium of Light can enjoy all the build up to the match from an enhanced Fan Zone.

More than twice the size of the stadium’s usual matchday facility, the England Fan Zone will offer live music and entertainment, interactive games, bars and food outlets.

A club statement said: "Hugely popular Sunderland band Frankie and the Heartstrings are set to wow with a live performance on stage and there will be special guests throughout the afternoon to keep the crowds entertained.

"Located on the south side of the stadium, the Fan Zone will open from 3pm, giving supporters plenty of time to enjoy the pre-match build up. It will close just prior to kick-off, and re-open again at final whistle to allow supporters to enjoy a post-match drink whilst they wait for the crowds and traffic to disperse.

"Supporters are being advised to arrive early for the game, with approach roads and transport networks expected to be very busy. Roads immediately surrounding the stadium will be closed to traffic and there is no on-site parking. Match-goers are advised to use public transport where possible and city centre car parks for parking and drop-off points.

"Tickets are still on sale for the game, priced from just £20 at www.TheFA.com/tickets or by calling Ticketmaster, 0844 826 2010. The Stadium of Light ticket office also has a limited number of tickets available at £55 each."

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