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
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- 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.
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Oxford United boss Karl Robinson says the club will do “everything we possibly can” to make sure the game against Sunderland on Saturday goes ahead, as Storm Dennis hits the country.
Sunderland, fresh from back-to-back wins over Ipswich Town and Rochdale at the Stadium of Light, are travelling down to Oxford today ahead of the League One fixture on Saturday afternoon.
A yellow weather warning is in place from 10am on Saturday as Storm Dennis takes hold across the country.
The forecast is for heavy rain and strong gusts of up to 50-miles-per-hour during the game at the Kassam Stadium.
Speaking ahead of the game, Oxford boss Robinson said they are planning for the fixture to go ahead as planned.
Robinson said: “Once you start getting gusts of 50mph football becomes unplayable, as well as the rain we believe is meant to drop on the Kassam on Saturday.
“We’re not looking at that as a reason not to play. We’re prepping to play. We’ll do everything we possibly can to get the game on."
Phil Parkinson wants to tie Jon McLaughlin down to a new contract
“Jon is someone we would like to keep,” said Parkinson.
“The chairman and Richard Hill [head of football operations] will be working on that
“He is performing well, but he has to keep his standards high, and when the chairman is ready, he will deal with that situation.
“Jon’s recent record puts him up there as one of the best in this division. He is calm, and has a lot of experience."
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