Transfer talk: Sunderland’s McClean linked with Blackburn loan

Middlesbrough's Adam Reach (left) and Sunderland's James McClean battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at the Stadium of Light.
Middlesbrough's Adam Reach (left) and Sunderland's James McClean battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at the Stadium of Light.
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SUNDERLAND winger James McClean has been linked with a loan move to Championship club Blackburn Rovers.

McClean is yet to start for Sunderland during pre-season after speculation about his future under Paolo Di Canio throughout the summer.

Celtic have been credited with an interest in the Republic of Ireland winger, while reports today have suggested Blackburn want to sign the 24-year-old on a season-long loan.

The arrival of Juventus’ Emanuele Giaccherini has pushed McClean down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light, while Di Canio has also added to his options out wide with Swede David Moberg Karlsson.