Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Contract latest as Championship boss discusses Aiden McGeady

Sunderland remain hopeful Tom Flanagan will sign a new deal at the Stadium of Light, while Aiden McGeady has won praise from his Charlton boss following an impressive return to football.

Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 3:22 pm

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Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news LIVE: Updates from the Stadium of Light

Last updated: Tuesday, 07 July, 2020, 14:33

  • Kyle Lafferty has been speaking about his next move while Aiden McGeady has won praise from Charlton boss
  • Sunderland are aiming to make 7-8 new signings this summer.

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Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth praised his side's "phenomenal" effort after two goals from Fred Onyedinma held off a spirited Fleetwood to reach the Sky Bet League One play-off final.

The Chairboys had taken control in the first leg with an emphatic 4-1 victory at Highbury against nine men, and booked their place at Wembley with a 6-3 aggregate success following a 2-2 draw at Adams Park.

Ainsworth said: "I can't thank the boys enough, their efforts have just been phenomenal all week, all four weeks since they got back from lockdown all they've been focusing on doing is being their best and I asked them to be better than they were on Friday.

"It was a tough ask but they've defended unbelievably against what I would say is the best away footballing team we've had down here all season."

Pompey boss under pressure

Kenny Jackett has failed to reach the Championship with Portsmouth at the third attempt but insists he is determined to see the job through on the south coast.

Portsmouth are facing up to the reality of another season in League One after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Oxford United in the play-off semi-final.

Wycombe Wanderers beat Fleetwood Town over two legs in the other play-off so Oxford and Wycombe will battle it out at Wembley later this month for promotion to the Championship.

Jackett insists his desire to take Pompey up remains as strong as ever, though the club is facing a summer overhaul of players.

Jackett told the Portsmouth News: “It is there, very much so [desire for the job].

“I do feel there is a good squad to build it on."

When will the football return?

Aiden McGeady has won praise

“He’s come back and he’s in better shape when we finished lockdown,” said Lee Bowyer.

“We got him in January and physically he didn’t really look up to speed. He’s worked really hard and bought into what I want.

“He’s definitely a player who can make something happen out of nothing."

Lafferty has been speaking about his next move

Kyle Lafferty says he doesn’t know what the future holds after leaving Sunderland – but has hinted that he could pursue another move abroad.

The former Sunderland striker was speaking to the Open Goal Podcast with Si Ferry, where he reflected on his career north of the border.

And with his time at the Stadium of Light having come to an end after the League One campaign was curtailed, the topic of Lafferty’s next move was naturally on the agenda.

While the 32-year-old has nothing lined-up at present, he heavily hinted that a return overseas could be on the agenda – having previously played for Palermo in Italy, Sion in Switzerland and Sarpsborg in Norway.

The striker is a free agent this summer

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