Sunderland transfer news RECAP: Cats continue defender search plus Wigan ticket details

Sunderland kick-off their League One campaign this weekend when they welcome Wigan Athletic to the Stadium of Light.
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Lee Johnson’s side ended pre-season with a morale-boosting victory over Championship side Hull City on Friday night.

Ross Stewart opened the scoring before Josh Magennis equalised for The Tigers.

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However, the Black Cats found an injury-time winner through Will Grigg – a goal which will give the striker’s confidence the world of good.

Sunderland striker Ross Stewart. (Photo credit: Frank Reid)Sunderland striker Ross Stewart. (Photo credit: Frank Reid)
Sunderland striker Ross Stewart. (Photo credit: Frank Reid)

But on Saturday, results and performances really begin to matter as Johnson looks to guide the club out of the third-tier at the fourth attempt.

Our Echo team will bring you all the latest news, gossip, reaction and analysis ahead of the league opener against the Latics:

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Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith spoke with Kristjaan Speakman about the transfer window, the next steps and has this message for fans.

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Ticket details for Saturday

Not long to go now.

The main priority for Johnson in the coming days is clearly

to sign some senior full-backs.

Sunderland have been linked with several defenders in recent weeks and have now been credited with interest in Leeds United’s Charlie Cresswell.

The 18-year-old has predominantly played as a centre-back for Leeds’ under-23 side and according to The Sunday People, the Whites have turned down a loan move from Sunderland.

Johnson is also in need of some centre-back cover despite the arrival of 17-year-old Callum Doyle on loan from Manchester City.

Bailey Wright missed the side’s pre-season win over Hull and has been linked with a move away.

What’s the latest with Denver Hume?

We should get an answer to this in the coming days.

Lee Johnson said last week the club must resolve Hume’s future before the start of the League One campaign.

The young left-back is still recovering from injury at the Academy of Light, with Johnson generally optimistic that an agreement will be reached.

Hume’s contract at Sunderland expired earlier this summer, yet players still get paid by clubs a month after their deals run out - if they don’t sign for someone else.

Cats in talks with Sheffield United striker

In case you missed it, it emerged last week that Sunderland are in talks over a possible loan move for Sheffield United striker Daniel Jebbison.

The 18-year-old was at the Stadium of Light on Friday night as the Black Cats beat Hull City in their final pre-season friendly.

A deal is not thought to be imminent, with a number of clubs interested in the talented teenager.

Phillips on Gallacher deal collapse

Kevin Phillips has reacted to the news that Sunderland have pulled out of a deal for Liverpool full-back Tony Gallacher – and predicted signings before the season begins.

“I’m very interested to find out what happened,” Phillips told Football Insider. There must have been a major issue if they decided to pull out that late.

“You don’t want to bring a player in if he’s not going to be quite right, that’s happened before.

“It’s a huge season for Sunderland, yet again, they need promotion.

“They aren’t the only club that need bodies and they have to get their plans right.

“Pulling out of deals just before the season starts is a blow, Johnson will want to know his starting 11 at this point.

“They will have backup players and I expect they will be brought in before the season starts.

“It’s a real bad look for Sunderland.”

Stewart’s upbeat message ahead of Wigan opener

Ross Stewart has this upbeat message as he prepares to lead Sunderland into the League One campaign.

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