Sunderland AFC takeover news RECAP: Focus turns to January transfer window with Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is set to purchase a majority stake

Sunderland are preparing to return to action this weekend with Lee Johnson’s side set to travel to Northampton in League One.

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 3:08 pm

The Black Cats have dropped to 11th in the table after postponing their last four matches due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Academy of Light.

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There is also the ongoing takeover saga with Kyril Louis-Dreyfus set to purchase a majority stake in the club.

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RECAP: Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news (31 December)

Last updated: Thursday, 31 December, 2020, 15:09

  • Sunderland are preparing for a return to League One action against Northampton Town on Saturday
  • Lee Johnson also has an eye on the transfer market, which will open on January 2
  • Behind the scenes, Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover of the club is progressing through EFL checks

It’s nearly 2021, with Sunderland preparing to kick-off the new year with a win at Northampton on Saturday.

Next month will also mark the start of Lee Johnson’s first transfer window as Black Cats boss. And they will hopefully be followed by a change in ownership, too.

We’ll keep you up to date with all the latest news on all fronts throughout the day, right here…

It was confirmed last week that Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is set to purchase a majority stake in Sunderland AFC.

With an agreement now struck, the club's new controlling shareholder will still have to navigate one major hurdle - the EFL owners and directors test, otherwise known as the fit and proper persons test.

It is not envisaged to create any issues, with hopes the green light could be given early in the New Year.

Season looks set to continue

The EFL remain ‘confident’ that the 2020/21 season can continue as normal despite a steep rise in COVID outbreaks – according to reports.

Sunderland are one of a half a dozen to have seen cases of coronavirus in their ranks over recent weeks, with the EFL fixture list taking a major hit as a result.

Five League One fixtures were postponed on Boxing Day while seven games won’t be played on December 29 – meaning HALF of the 24 third tier fixtures set to take place over the festive period have been postponed.

But Sky Sports claim that the EFL remain ‘confident’ that the season can continue without a break.

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Ipswich Town enter race for Sunderland-linked winger

Ipswich Town are keen on Barnsley winger Luke Thomas.

The East Anglian Daily Times claim that the Tractor Boys are set to move for the 21-year-old once the window opens on January 2.

And as has been reported elsewhere, they state that Sunderland are also keen on Thomas.

Time for the final plans to be put in place...

New data has revealed a financial boost for Sunderland!

Sunderland AFC received over £16milllion from the Premier League during the 2019/20 season – according to new data.

The top flight have published information on how much financial support they provided to EFL clubs last season, and have revealed the exact amounts given to each side in the three tiers below the Premier League.

And their data shows that Sunderland were given a hefty sum of £16.92million during the 2019/20 season – a figure that unsurprisingly dwarfs those given to the rest of League One.

Some interesting insight into Lee Johnson’s transfer plans!

Lee Bowyer calls for consistency in postponements

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has called for consistency in calling-off fixtures due to coronavirus outbreaks – and has cited Sunderland as a key example.

A host of League One fixtures have been postponed throughout December, with Sunderland themselves seeing four fixtures rescheduled after a COVID-19 outbreak at the Academy of Light.

And Bowyer has called for ‘fairness’ when it comes to deciding which games are being postponed, having pointed to the Black Cats’ 1-1 draw with Wimbledon earlier this month as an example.

There has to be fairness as well.

 

I felt for Sunderland the other week when they had eight cases but still had to play the game.

 

It’s not a fair competition then. You could understand if you’ve got injuries and other illnesses but this is out of their hands and they had to play a game with eight players out. That shouldn’t be right.

Lee Bowyer
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