Bryan Oviedo's Sunderland spell set to end as Jack Ross provides transfer update

Bryan Oviedo is set to leave Sunderland in the coming days with the club close to reaching an agreement with the defender.

By Richard Mennear
Sunday, 28 July, 2019, 09:18
Jack Ross.

The left-back returned to pre-season last week after an extended break but his three-year spell on Wearside is coming to an end, Oviedo is the highest earner at the club currently.

His departure has been expected and the club is close to coming to terms with an agreement that will see him leave.

Jack Ross doesn’t expect to see any new signings before the Oxford United game but opened up on Oviedo’s future after the 1-0 defeat to Heerenveen.

Ross said “Signings? I wouldn’t anticipate anything coming in [before the start of the season].

“Bryan’s situation should be confirmed in the next couple of days, there has been a lot of speculation, hopefully that will be done.

“I’ve been pleased with what we have done recruitment-wise, trying to get the right ones in.

“I would hope people at the game today who saw the boys on the park, the new ones I brought in, they have strengthened us and improved us.”

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Oviedo has been heavily linked with move to Club Brugge but Ross said he was unaware of the defenders next move.

The Scot added: “I don’t know. It’s about an agreement between the club and him and then we will see. Thereafter I don’t know. I’ve avoided commenting too much until it was all done, we won’t say anything yet.”

Oviedo confirmed his imminent exit, speaking to media in Costa Rica, he said: “With Sunderland I would not continue anymore, we have reached an agreement, I have free way to sign with another team. With Sunderland there is a 98% chance that I will not continue.

“There are several options, [Club] Brugge is one, but there are others.”

The transfer window closes on September 2, does Ross expect to do much more business?

He added: “I think we are in relatively good health at the moment and if and when Bryan goes we may be a bit light on that side of the pitch, we may address that, but overall we are happy with what we have done so far.

“There is no desperate rush.”