The astronomical fee Sunderland were quoted to sign John Marquis from Doncaster Rovers - according to Stewart Donald
Sunderland were quoted an asking price of £10million for Doncaster Rovers striker John Marquis when they looked to sign the striker last January - according to owner Stewart Donald.
Marquis, now of Portsmouth, was one of a host of players considered by the Black Cats as they looked to replace top scorer Josh Maja after his move to Bordeaux.
But Sunderland’s move for Marquis hit a stumbling block when they were quoted an asking price of £10million for the striker.
In a revealing clip from ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ season two, owner Stewart Donald is shown on a phone call with recruitment chief Tony Coton - and tells him they have been quoted the lofty sum to sign Marquis.
He instructs Coton to make a bit of £1.5million - which ultimately fails, with Sunderland instead going on to sign Will Grigg for an initial fee of £3million.