Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Lee Johnson reveals team and injury latest ahead of Hull City
Lee Johnson is set to hold his press conference ahead of the Saturday teatime clash between Sunderland and Hull City.
The game has been re-arranged from the original Boxing Day date and Sunderland will look to get back to winning ways and kick-start their promotion push.
Sunderland drew 0-0 with Northampton Town last weekend.
We’ll have the latest transfer and injury news ahead of the game at the Stadium of Light on our live blog, with updates to come throughout the day.
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Last updated: Friday, 08 January, 2021, 13:21
- Sunderland are set for an imminent change in ownership - with Kyril Louis-Dreyfus having agreed to acquire a majority stake in the club
- The deal is currently progressing through EFL checks
- Sunderland boss is hopeful the club can strengthen in the transfer market but knows the club will be restricted by the League One salary cap.
- EFL clubs will be tested twice a week for COVID-19 after an agreement was reached with the PFA
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Johnson on January transfer business
Johnson said: “I am comfortable with the squad, there maybe ins and outs, we will try and do the right thing by some of the players who could potentially go out.”
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Johnson said: “Over the course of the 46 games that will even itself out, we are nearing a fully fit squad, Luke O’Nien is now back up to 100% and should have contact next week. Hume has been sprinting too. We want to keep building the strength of our squad.”
On his start to life at Sunderland
Johnson said: “The players have been great, I would love a clean run at it, we have to be ready and adjust if we need to.
“Hull are a strong side, they have energy and options and physicality, you can see that in their game style, difficult to break down. It is a team that deserves to be up there, a mini six-pointer.”
On Hull City and Northampton
Johnson said: “The Northampton game was a really difficult one to assess for me, we had seven starters who only had a couple of days training under their belt. We have to deal with those challenges and be better. We know we need to improve our forward play. We have had a good week of prep, the players have been in good form. We have a couple out through injury and illness but should be fielding a strong side."
Johnson on transfers
Johnson said: “I think we will be very close to having one through the door, ideally two or three this window. I have identified the areas this squad can improve. There is a couple that could play different roles in our squad. It is a very difficult market. We are ready for all eventualities. Everybody has been supportive, the current board and potential future one too.”
On the Covid-19 situation and problems facing clubs
“Yes you have the big picture of keeping our families safe, football also has to survive as well. We have to keep football afloat, for the community too. You sometimes forget how important it is for the local community. It is a very difficult argument."
Lee Johnson is speaking to the press now
The Sunderland boss has been outlining the changes that the club has had to introduce after the national lockdown, including measures at the Academy of Light. The latest tests have all come back negative, Johnson has confirmed.