Increased bid 'to be launched' for Sunderland target as Sheffield Wednesday dealt transfer blow - plus Ipswich Town, Portsmouth updates
Sunderland return to pre-season action at Spennymoor Town this afternoon - after landing their first summer signing.
Goalkeeper Jacob Carney joined the Black Cats from Manchester United on Friday evening and is set to join-up with the first-team in the short-term.
It tops off a busy week for Sunderland who also saw Aiden McGeady pen fresh terms while allowing George Dobson to depart for Charlton Athletic.
Sunderland’s squad still looks thin, though.
Lee Johnson allowed seven players to depart the Stadium of Light following the end of the 2021/22 season, but is yet to bring any new faces in.
Speaking over the weekend, however, the Sunderland boss said talks had been held with targets.
He told the club website: "My summer has consisted of looking at Wyscout, recruitment data, having Zoom meetings with potential players we might bring in, current players we want to retain and players that have run out of contract who we’re trying to renew.
"I haven’t watched a minute of the Euros – which could be a good or a bad thing – but saying that, I have enjoyed it because I’ve been part of that process to determine what we need, how we’re going to do it in terms of matching the data with the eye and the football nous if you like.
"That’s been an enjoyable process but it’ll be even more enjoyable once we start getting players through the door and we’re able to start working with them to hopefully build this new squad and really implement what we’re trying to achieve.”
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