Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Cats continue to monitor Manchester United midfielder

Sunderland face Sccottsh top-flight outfit Hearts in a pre-season friendly this weekend.

By James Copley
Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 2:34 pm

Saturday’s match will kick-off at 3pm and begin a busy period for Lee Johnson’s side as they build-up to the League One campaign.

There is less than a month to go until Sunderland play their opening game of the season against Wigan Athletic at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, August 7.

Johnson will hope to have made more new signings by then, following the arrival of playmaker Alex Pritchard on a two-year deal.

Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson

The contract situation with young left-back Denver Hume remains up in the air.

The Black Cats have also started the search for a new goalkeeping coach after Lee Butler left to join Wrexham AFC and link up with former boss Phil Parkinson.

Elsewhere in League One, Sunderland’s rivals have also been looking to strengthen, with some eye-catching deals.

Here’s the latest news, analysis, transfer talk and more from the Stadium of Light:

Sunderland AFC transfer news (July 14)

Last updated: Wednesday, 14 July, 2021, 09:27

  • Sunderland face Hearts at Tynecastle in a pre-season friendly on Saturday
  • The Black Cats have been linked with several new deals ahead of the season starting

Sheffield United to step up Dion Sanderson race

Newcastle are one of several clubs who have been credited with interest in Wolves’ ex-Sunderland defender Dion Sanderson this summer.

The 21-year-old impressed during a loan spell at Sunderland last season, and the Black Cats have reportedly seen a bid of £1miliion rejected to re-sign him.

According to Football Insider, Newcastle have also had an offer rejected for Sanderson, with Sheffield United now ready to step up their interest.

Sanderson has a year left on his contract at Molyneux and Wolves are said to have set a £2million asking price for him.

Ethan Galbraith to Sunderland transfer latest

Manchester United will send out more youngsters on loan but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned it may not be until August.

Sunderland continue to monitor Manchester United midfielder Ethan Galbraith ahead of a loan swoop.

The Black Cats need to revamp their central midfield options after experienced trio Max Power, Grant Leadbitter and Josh Scowen were all released at the end of the season, Power has since signed for League One rivals Wigan Athletic and Scowen has signed for Wycombe.

It is understood that Manchester United are keen to secure loan moves for players such as Galbraith in order for them to gain valuable experience in a first-team setting.

But clubs will have to be patient.

“We’ve got six weeks together before the league starts and a couple of training camps here in the UK,” Solskjaer told the club website.

“It’s the most sensible thing, we felt, being in and around here. You don’t get the, how do you say, aggravation of: ‘Are we green, red or amber [in terms of travelling abroad]?’ It’s just the way the world works at the moment.

“The young kids will definitely be part of the Derby game [Sunday 18 July] and then we’ve got another couple of games coming up and they can be part of it.

“Gradually, more and more players from the Euros will join in,” he added.

“They’ll [the youngsters] get a taste of some football. Then roundabouts early August, some will go on loan.

“We’ve already lined up a few and some of them are still in discussions between us and the players about where is the best place to go.”

As revealed by the Echo last month, one midfield option being considered is a loan move for Northern Ireland youngster Galbraith, with Manchester United set to allow him to move out on loan next season for the next stage of his development.

However, should Sunderland firm up their interest, they are likely to face strong competition from Championship clubs and League One promotion rivals.

The 20-year-old midfielder made his debut for the Under-23s in February 2019, less than two years after he signed from Linfield, but he has quickly impressed.

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