Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Everything Lee Johnson said about Jermain Defoe, Patrick Roberts and team news ahead of Bolton clash

Sunderland are preparing for Saturday’s trip to Bolton – while the Black Cats are still looking to strengthen ahead of Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline.

By Joe Nicholson
Friday, 28th January 2022, 1:48 pm

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Another striker the priority for head coach Lee Johnson, with talks still ongoing with Jermain Defoe.

Johnson spoke to the media this morning ahead of the match at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Wearsiders will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in League One following last weekend’s 1-0 win over Portsmouth.


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Scroll down to recap what was said at the press conference:

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RECAP: Sunderland AFC transfer news (January 28)

Last updated: Friday, 28 January, 2022, 13:43

  • The January transfer window will close on Monday.
  • Sunderland completed the signing of Jack Clark on loan from Tottenham this week.
  • Lee Johnson spoke to the media this morning ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bolton.
  • Jermain Defoe has been in talks with the Black Cats.

Johnson on Lee Burge

“He has still got an issue. He’s got a slightly sort of an inflamed heart, it seems to happen a lot after Covid.

“He is going to be four or five weeks where he has to keep his heart rate below 100 beats per minute and then have a blood test to make sure his heart is fully back to normal.”

“He should make a full recovery, that’s what we’re expecting.”

“At the moment there is no update on that one. Obviously talks have been ongoing in the background as we know.

At the same time, sat here today, I’d be giving you duff information.”

Johnson on transfers

“It’s looking good and I’m very pleased with the business that we’ve done - I think everyone has done a great job.

“We are still in the mix and I’d be more than happy if this was all we had, but at the same time I think there are a couple of options and positions that we could do with bolstering.”

Lee Johnson press conference

Bolton boss on SAFC test

Here’s what Bolton boss Ian Evatt had to say about Sunderland ahead of this weekend’s match.

Bolton have recorded back-to-back wins over Ipswich and Shrewsbury, and Evatt is hopeful his side can continue their momentum.

“Sunderland, for me, are the best footballing team in the league. I think it will be a good challenge,” he said.

“I think it’s going to be a really good game. Of the teams at the top, they’re the team I like the most – the way the play.

“I’m looking forward to a technical and tactical battle. We have to make sure we’re at the top of our game because they’re a very good team.”

What about Ali Koiki?

Another name that has been mentioned is that of Northampton left-back Ali Koiki.

Sunderland have been tracking the 22-year-old and now appear a little light in the left-back position following Denver Hume’s move to Portsmouth.

To find out more, we caught up with Northampton reporter James Heneghan from our sister title The Northampton Chronicle.

Here’s what he said when asked about Koiki’s [email protected]

“There has been interest in Ali Koiki from a few clubs this month but as of last week Northampton had not received anything concrete.

“His contract expires in the summer but the club do have an option to extend it for another year, which they will almost certainly trigger, either to get more money or to keep him longer.

“He’s become an important player this season after joining as a free agent but every player has his price and I expect they would sell for the right fee.”

Read more HERE

What’s the latest with Jermain Defoe?

We should get a further update on Defoe when Johnson speaks to the media this morning.

The Black Cats boss said last week that he’s been in contact with the striker, saying “we are working very hard to try and bring Jermain in.”

Defoe is known to have multiple options, with Oxford and Charlton believed to be interested.

Sunderland’s priority before Monday’s transfer deadline is to sign another striker.

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