Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news LIVE: Injury blow forces Lee Johnson to change plans
Sunderland’s busy schedule continues as their preparations step up ahead of the weekend trip to AFC Wimbledon.
Black Cats boss Lee Johnson held his pre-match press conference via Zoom in midweek and it was confirmed there was some bad news on the injury front, with left-back Denver Hume set for up to two months on the sidelines with a hamstring issue he suffered in December.
That could force Sunderland into action in the transfer market, and names have already been linked with a switch to the Stadium of Light.
We’ll have all the latest January developments on our blog as Sunderland prepare for the game at Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon, Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly will be there for the Echo.
We’ll have the latest Black Cats news, analysis, transfer talk and more throughout the day on our daily SAFC live blog – stick around and refresh the page for live updates:
LIVE: Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news (15 January)
Last updated: Friday, 15 January, 2021, 12:19
- Sunderland beat Port Vale in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night but are now preparing for Saturday's trip to AFC Wimbledon.
- Lee Johnson is understood to be keen on adding some attacking reinforcements to his ranks.
- The Black Cats may also try to sign another left-back after Denver Hume was ruled out for an additional six to eight weeks.
- Elsewhere, Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover is moving closer to completion.
A new date for your diary
Aiden McGeady has opened up
Aiden McGeady has thanked Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson for wiping the slate clean – as the winger looks positively towards the future.
The 34-year-old fell out of favour under former manager Phil Parkinson, and trained with the under-23 side for much of 2020.
But the arrival of Johnson heralded a fresh opportunity for McGeady, who was handed a start in his first game in charge and has missed just one league game since.
And the winger has paid tribute to the club’s new head coach for handing him a chance – having regained his enjoyment for the game.
Could he go out on loan this month?
Football will continue
We’re hosting a Q&A on Friday
The salary cap remains an issue for Sunderland
Lee Johnson has explained in full the discussions that are ongoing over the salary cap - and how they could affect Sunderland in the market.
It’s interesting stuff, and shines a light on the challenges facing clubs in the market this winter.
Would you like to see this youngster handed a chance?
Mark Campbell makes takeover bid for Premier League side
American-based investor Mark Campbell has been linked with a takeover bid for West Brom – two years after holding talks with Stewart Donald over Sunderland AFC.
Campbell engaged in lengthy talks with Donald in 2019 over taking control of the Black Cats, before a deal failed to come to fruition.
And now Campbell is reportedly eyeing a move for Premier League side West Brom.
The Daily Mail report that Campbell and his Fairway Sports Capital group are one of three parties interested in a deal for the Baggies, whose current owner Lai Guochuan is keen to sell.
The Mail report suggests that three parties, including Campbell’s, have submitted offers for the club – which Guochuan values at close to £200million.
Aiden O’Brien is aiming high!
Offers for George Dobson
George Dobson has turned down offers to leave Sunderland, but could yet move before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month.
Dobson has struggled for regular gametime under Lee Johnson, landing just one start since the new head coach took charge.
The 23-year-old was replaced at half time in that game as a COVID-19 affected Sunderland side drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon.
Dobson is open to the idea of looking for first-team football elsewhere, but has so far opted against taking one of the options on the table.
With 18 months left on his current contract, a loan is the most likely option were he to leave this month.