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Midfielder admits Sunderland interest is ‘flattering’

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.
Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.
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Sunderland and Shrewsbury Town could swap divisions in the coming weeks but Town midfielder Jon Nolan admits it is ‘flattering’ to be linked with the Black Cats.

A host of clubs are reported to be keeping tabs on the midfielder, who has scored nine goals this season.

Chris Coleman watched a recent Shrewsbury game with Nolan among the players he was reported to be keeping an eye on.

The midfielder insists his focus is firmly on gaining promotion with Town, who are third in League One and battling with Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers for the two automatic promotion spots.

Nolan, 25, is in demand with several other Championship clubs interested including Norwich City, Ipswich and Leeds United.

Sunderland are bottom of the Championship and could be relegated this weekend should they drop points against Burton Albion.

On the interest shown in him, Nolan - who signed a three-year deal last summer - told the Shropshire Star: “It is flattering – it’s good to get that recognition.

“But it’s all rumours. You can’t do nothing about them or control them.

“We all, as players, and the gaffer, want to go to the highest level possible.

“Hopefully that can be with Shrewsbury this season.” Nolan added: “Obviously I’m settled.

“We’ve had an unbelievable season and hopefully the cherry on top is us getting promoted.” With seven loan players departing Sunderland this summer and four players out of contract there is set to be a big squad revamp.