Peter Reid discusses 'complete shock', reported Sunderland target on transfer reports plus Leeds United defender set for move

Former Sunderland boss Peter Reid says it was a complete shock when he found out Wigan had gone into administration.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 11:04 am

Reid, who managed the Black Cats between 1995 and 2002, has assisted Wigan boss Paul Cook for the last three years and says there was no indication when the news broke earlier this month.

When asked what had happened while speaking to Eamonn Holmes on the Eamonn And The Gaffers podcast, Reid replied: “To be perfectly honest I don’t know.

“It was taken over not so long ago by a consortium in Hong Kong and then just a month ago another owner took over.

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Peter Reid has assisted Wigan boss Paul Cook for the last three years.

"So in a month it’s gone from a difficult time because of the pandemic to free fall and a complete shock.

“After beating Stoke City at home 3-0, the next day we had a phone call to say the club had gone into administration, there was no real warning or alarm bells ringing so it was a complete shock.

"Obviously there’s a human cost where people could lose their jobs.”

No offers for reported Sunderland target

At the end of last year a clutch of clubs, including Sunderland, were linked with Azerbaijan international Bahlul Mustafazade.

Yet the 23-year-old defender, who plays for native side Sabah, says no offers were made for him despite the speculation.

“To be honest, I have not received a single offer from any of these clubs,” Mustafazade told azerisport.com.

“In my opinion, in the current situation, it is not worth talking too much. I am a Sabah player and the only thing I’m thinking about right now is the success of my team in the next season.”

Former Sunderland defender set for move

Finally, former Sunderland loanee Laurens De Bock looks set to leave Leeds United, with reports in Belgium claiming the full-back will sign for Jupiler Pro League side Zulte Waregem.

Belgin newspaper Het Nieuwsblad have claimed a deal is likely for the 27-year-old who made 10 senior appearances during a loan spell at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season.

De Bock was then loaned out to Dutch side ADO Den Haag in January and hasn’t played for Leeds since October 2018.