JORDAN Cook was expected to complete a return to Carlisle United today as Football League clubs look to beat the loan deadline.
Sunderland rookie Cook’s two-month spell with the Cumbrians came to an end last week, with the winger returning to the Stadium of Light hoping to catch the eye of Martin O’Neill.
But the 22-year-old has now opted to play a part in Carlisle’s promotion push as Greg Abbott’s side look to secure a League One play-off berth.
Boss Abbott said of the Cook deal: “It’s alive. I’m optimistic.”
Cook may not be the only player leaving Wearside today as lower league clubs look to beat the emergency loan cut-off point.
Oumare Tounkara has been on trial at Championship outfit Hull City, although a potential loan deal is far from a done one.
The 21-year-old, who spent last season with League One Oldham Athletic, has just returned to fitness after a season dogged by injury problems and was a noticeable absentee from the second string line-up in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Fulham.
One loan deal that has been completed is the exit of keeper Lewis King, who has joined Blue Square Premier outfit Stockport County until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old, handed a professional contract last summer after graduating from Sunderland’s academy, has made five appearances for the Black Cats reserves during the campaign.