Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Stewart Donald set to meet with fans as ownership uncertainty continues

It’s that time of year again – and Sunderland have already been linked with a host of new signings, while uncertainty continues over the ownership of the club.

Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 2:51 pm

While the transfer window is yet to officially kick-off, the Black Cats remain on the lookout for new faces while continuing contract talks with their own stars.

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We’ll have the latest on both fronts throughout the day, after some fresh reports over the future of one rumoured target emerged. Scroll down for the latest:

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald

Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: 15 July

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 July, 2020, 14:50

  • Takeover talk has ramped-up again this week - although no deal is thought to be close
  • Phil Parkinson is still eyeing a breakthrough in the transfer market
  • Benji Kimpioka is back training with his former side in Sweden as uncertainty over his future at Sunderland

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Sammy Yu says he remains interested in Sunderland - but his interest has been met with skepticism

An update on Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell's name has long-been linked with a takeover of Sunderland dating back to last summer and he continues to monitor the situation at the club.

But the Echo understands no deal is close and senior club sources have previously been sceptical and played down any potential deal given the events of last summer.

The real estate businessman was involved in lengthy talks with Stewart Donald over a deal last summer and was visible at the training ground, before talks collapsed following the due diligence stage.

Donald later stating he didn’t believe Campbell’s proposal would have left the club in a better position.

Campbell later went on to try and strike a deal for Falkirk, but discussions drew to a close in November of last year. The 46-year-old did, however, claim to have struck an investment deal with an unnamed Swiss side during a conversation with a Falkirk supporter on social media.

Benji Kimpioka is back training with IK Sirius

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Shrewsbury have confirmed they will vote for a £2.5m League One salary cap

We would probably vote for it as it is probably the best time for football to try and be seen to be controlling costs in League One. However we do have some reservations, for example with clubs who budget well below the threshold and could actually push their budget and spend £2.5m even though they may not be able to afford it.

Brian Caldwell, Shrewsbury CEO

BREAKING: 2020/21 transfer window dates confirmed

An EFL statement read: "The EFL has today confirmed the opening and closing dates for the 2020 summer transfer window.

"Subject to formal ratification, the transfer window will open fully on Monday 27 July, although any player registered before the completion of the 2019/20 season will not be eligible to play for their new Club until season 2020/21 commences. This is applicable to Clubs involved in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs. 

“The window for international registrations closes at 11pm on Monday 5 October, with an agreement in place with the Premier League for an extended two-week domestic only window which will close at 5pm on Friday 16 October.”

Sunderland supporters’ group Red and White Army are set to meet with Stewart Donald tomorrow

Some key answers to the big questions surrounding the club from Phil Smith

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