Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Contract talks update, injury news plus Storm Dennis latest
Sunderland are preparing for Saturday’s important League One meeting with promotion rivals Oxford United – and we’ve got all the build-up ahead of the weekend.
Phil Parkinson’s side will be looking to record their third straight win in the league when they visit the Kassam Stadium, while there is also more fallout following last month’s January transfer window. We’ll also bring you the latest Black Cats news throughout the day. Scroll down and refresh the page for live updates:
Sunderland AFC news RECAP - February 14
Last updated: Friday, 14 February, 2020, 16:13
- Sunderland are preparing for tomorrow's League One meeting with Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.
- Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson expects Chris Maguire to be fit after the playmaker came off against Rochdale on Tuesday.
- Oxford look set to be without three key players for this weekend's match.
Hello and welcome to Friday's live Sunderland AFC blog.
We'll have all the build-up ahead of tomorrow's big League One fixture against promotion rivals Oxford United, as well as the latest Black Cats news throughout the day.
Simply refresh the page for live updates.
Will Grigg latest
Let's start with news that broke yesterday concerning Sunderland striker Will Grigg.
Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts has hinted The Shrews will revisit a deal for the 28-year-old frontman in the summer – having seen their attempts to take him on loan in January fall flat.
The Shrews were one of a number of League One clubs keen to prise the Northern Irish international from the Stadium of Light on a temporary basis, but Phil Parkinson opted to keep the striker on Wearside.
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Sam Ricketts on Will Grigg interest
"Yes we were (in for him). We were real close to achieving that. For a club like us to attract someone like Will Grigg is a massive statement but unfortunately we couldn't get it over the line."
What's the latest on the injury front?
Phil Parkinson expects Chris Maguire to be fit for Saturday's match after the playmaker came off against Rochdale on Tuesday with a dead leg.
Defender Joel Lynch is expected to return to training on Monday following a rib injury.
The Black Cats are continuing to monitor midfielder Elliot Embleton as the 20-year-old continues to recover from a serious hamstring injury.
Oxford's midfield crisis
Oxford United look set to be without three key players for Saturday's match.
Former Sunderland youngster Alex Gorrin – who has impressed since his summer move from Motherwell – is suspended having accrued ten yellow cards this term.
Fellow central midfielder Liam Kelly, a rumoured January target for the Black Cats, is also set to miss out with a hamstring injury while Jamie Hanson has picked up a virus.
What a strike! Lynden Gooch wins League One goal award for January
The forward, who picked up 62% of the public vote, said: “It is an incredibly proud moment for me. It was a great goal and a big one for the team – it’s always nice to score a goal like that. but even better when it’s one that gets you three points.
“The goal only came about because I was trying to create something out of nothing, but fortunately it went in. Afterwards, it was just chaos with all the fans and the lads, but it was a great moment.”