One in, one out? Sunderland linked with double summer transfer move - including £20m deal

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The latest Sunderland-related transfer gossip from around the web ahead of the summer window.

Sunderland defender Dan Ballard has been linked with a move to Premier League club Everton over the past few days with the Black Cats also reportedly targeting a centre-back during the summer window.

The former Arsenal man has cemented himself as one of the Championship’s brightest and best young centre-backs since joining the club a year and a half ago.

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However, Sunderland’s transfer chief Kristjaan Speakman is protected in the event of bids this summer after the player signed a long-term deal with the club last summer which will run until 2027.

Given the length of Ballard's contract and his importance to the team, Sunderland are expected to ask for in the region of £20million for his services, a significant profit from his £2million arrival in 2022 from Arsenal, though the Gunners may well be owed certain add-ons.

Ballard will miss the game against Swansea after picking up 10 yellow cards with Jenson Seelt likely to come on. Luke O’Nien is also one booking away from a two-game suspension.

In terms of incoming transfers, Sunderland have been linked with 21-year-old Manchester United defender Will Fish, who also plays centre-back and could act as Ballard's long-term replacement should he leave Sunderland.

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However, Championship rivals Middlesbrough and Ipswich Town are also thought to be keen. Both Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick have strong Manchester United links but Sunderland and the Red Devils have done business in recent windows with Nathan Bishop and Amad arriving on Wearside from Old Trafford over the past couple of seasons.

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