Stewart Donald shoots down Sunderland striker rumour after hitman joins League One rivals

Stewart Donald has denied that Sunderland had a bid accepted for John Marquis – after the striker joined League One rivals Portsmouth.

Thursday, 1st August 2019, 8:30 am
Updated Thursday, 1st August 2019, 9:30 am
Stewart Donald has responded to a Sunderland transfer rumour

The 27-year-old completed his move to Fratton Park on Wednesday evening in a deal believed to be worth around £2million.

And there were claims on social media that the Black Cats themselves had seen a bid accepted for the frontman – only for him to turn them down in favour of a move to the south coast.

But Donald has categorically denied these claims, simply replying ‘no’ to a supporter when asked if the rumours were true.

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Marquis was a target for Sunderland in the January transfer window as Jack Ross sought a replacement for Josh Maja, but after two bids were knocked-back by the South Yorkshire side attentions turned back to top target Will Grigg.

Marquis could line-up against Sunderland on Saturday, August 17 when Pompey visit the Stadium of Light.