Phil Parkinson confirms Sunderland interest in Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo and reveals why Ben Alnwick is training with club

Phil Parkinson has confirmed Sunderland’s interest in Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo ahead of the January transfer window.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 9:32 am

The 19-year-old netted six times during a loan spell at Newport County last term, but is yet to get off the mark at Bristol City.

Sunderland have been linked with a loan move and Parkinson has confirmed he is a player the club has been monitoring.

On Semenyo, Parkinson told the Echo: “He is a player we have looked at and has pace and power.

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“He is someone we have been monitoring.”

Meanwhile, reports emerged over the weekend linking Sunderland with a move for former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.

Alnwick, who came through the ranks at the Stadium of Light before departing in search of first-team football, is now available as a free agent.

Parkinson has confirmed the keeper has been training at the Academy of Light.

But the Black Cats boss insists his priority next month is strengthening other areas, adding the club already has two very good goalkeepers in Jon McLaughlin and Lee Burge.

When asked about Alnwick, Parkinson added: “Ben has been coming in and doing a bit of training, he lives local, he has settled his contract with Bolton

“I know Ben well.

“It’s always good to have extra keepers on the training pitch. He is a good lad to have around.”

Pressed on whether there could be a deal offered, Parkinson added: “We have other priorities, we have two good keepers and young Patto as well.

“We have other areas we are looking to improve the squad in.”