Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: League One rivals strengthen as Phil Parkinson prepares for Harrogate test

We’re just over a week away from the start of the new season and Sunderland’s first competitive match for nearly six months.

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 6:08 pm

The Black Cats have another pre-season friendly this weekend when they’ll host EFL newcomers Harrogate Town, and are still looking to make more signings before the start of the new campaign.

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Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson.

Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: August 28

Last updated: Friday, 28 August, 2020, 17:53

  • The Black Cats have another friendly match on Saturday against EFL newcomers Harrogate Town.
  • Manager Phil Parkinson still wants to make at least two more signings this summer.
  • The club have released their new away kit for the upcoming campaign.
  • Sunderland are set to add full-back Kenton Richardson to their under-23 squad.
  • Sunderland are still interested in former striker Danny Graham but are assessing other striker options.
  • Kosovan defender Arbenit Xhemajli has finished his trial at the club yet Sunderland are still interested in him.
  • Former midfielder Jack Rodwell feels he was made to look like a ‘scapegoat' in the recent Netflix documentary.

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MacAnthony on reported Cats target

Peterborough United co-owner Darragh MacAnthony hasn’t ruled out a return for Sunderland-linked attacking midfielder Sammie Szmodics.

MacAnthony was quizzed whether the arrival of Ryan Broom meant Szmodics would not be returning after a successful loan spell, the Posh co-owner responded: “Assume nothing. This signing (Broom) is to give us strength in an area which will be depleted come the start of season.”

Szmodics had been linked with Sunderland despite reports he wants to try and break into the Bristol City first team.

New deadline to register your matchday bubble

Ahead of the new campaign, all 2020-21 season card holders are required to register their Matchday Bubble.

Supporters may be allowed to return to stadiums at the start of October at the earliest, although not at full capacity.

You can find more details by visiting the club’s website.

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No Sunderland games on the schedule for September.

Kenton Richardson on Sunderland move

Kenton Richardson on Sunderland move

“I’m delighted to sign for the club. It’s extra special for me because I used to have a season ticket here with my dad. I can’t wait to get going now and push on this season.”

Kenton Richardson

Richardson signing confirmed

Diamond reflects on his crucial Harrogate loan spell

Jack Diamond says he is hoping to break into the Sunderland first team this season as he prepares to face his former Harrogate Town team-mates, writes Phil Smith.

Sunderland will face Simon Weaver’s side on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly before competitive action begins next week.

Diamond enjoyed a stellar loan campaign there least season, scoring in the play-off final to secure promotion to League Two from the National League.

Harrogate had been keen to take the 20-year-old back ahead of the upcoming campaign, but Phil Parkinson has already ruled that out after some encouraging pre-season performances.

“When I found out we were playing Harrogate a few of their lads were on to me,” Diamond told

“I’ve had a few texts about it, and everyone is looking forward to the game.

“It will be nice to see them, but we obviously want to go out there and get the win first and foremost.

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