Sunderland AFC takeover and transfer news RECAP: Lee Johnson eyes more signings after breakthrough

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson is targeting more signings this month after making his first signing at the Stadium of Light.

Monday, 11th January 2021, 4:35 pm

Midfielder Carl Winchester joins the Black Cats from Forest Green Rovers and has signed a two-and-a-half year deal on Wearside.

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The defender has opened up on his loan spell

The defender has opened up about his future

Dion Sanderson has been speaking

January can often bring speculation as to whether loan deals will be prematurely ended – but Dion Sanderson says he has no plans to return to parent club Wolves.

"Yeah,” replied Sanderson, when asked if he was happy to remain at the Stadium of Light.

"I'm playing now and getting experience which is what I need - to get as much experience as I can.

"Hopefully I can achieve my goal of playing in the Premier League for my home club.”

The new signing will have to wait for his debut

Sunderland have made Carl Winchester their first signing of the January transfer window – but the midfielder will have to wait for his debut.

The 27-year-old, who has previously played under head coach Lee Johnson at Oldham, has joined the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee and has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Winchester won’t, however, be able to feature against Port Vale on Tuesday evening.

That’s because the midfielder has already featured in the Papa John’s Trophy for former club Forest Green Rovers this season, playing the full 90 minutes in their group stage clash with Oxford United.

The inside track on the new signing

The defender has opened up on his loan spell

Declan John says he still doesn't know why he was never given a chance to impress at Sunderland.

The left-back has recently joined League Two side Bolton Wanderers on loan, ahead of his Swansea City contract expiring in the summer.

John joined the Black Cats on deadline day last January, with Phil Parkinson seeking cover for influential wing-back Denver Hume.

The 25-year-old looked a neat fit to offer competition in that position, a natural wing-back in Parkinson's preferred 3-4-3 system.

John did not make a single appearance before the season was postponed and then curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes to be made by Sunderland

Sunderland are set to make a number of changes for their Papa John's Trophy clash with Port Vale on Tuesday night.

The Black Cats will book a place in the quarter-final of the competition with a win, and it's a tournament that Lee Johnson has said he wants to win this season.

Nevertheless, the game will give Johnson and his coaching staff a chance to get a better look at a number of players who have had little gametime in recent weeks.

In the last round, Johnson made a strong side at Oldham Athletic as he looked to build some early momentum and cement some key principles with his first-choice players.

Some selection hints...

"Elliot Embleton, Dan Neil, a few of the lads have obviously been around the squad as well," McAllister said.

"Oliver Younger was in the squad on Saturday night and we've had Mitchell Curry in the squad previously.

"Josh Hawkes has been doing well, so we've had a few of them in and around it. It's a game we want to win tomorrow and we feel we've got the balance right in terms of both the starting XI and the bench."

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