Sunderland AFC transfer news: Cats, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town 'target' likened to Dennis Bergkamp RELEASED by Scottish club

Sunderland have been linked with a move for St Johnstone striker Guy Melamed over the past couple of months.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 1:25 pm

Today, however, the news broke that the 28-year-old striker has been released by St Johnstone.

The Israeli striker has enjoyed a fine season and has reportedly attracted interest from Portsmouth and Ipswich Town.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 22: St Johnstone captain Jason Kerr lifts the trophy following the Scottish Cup Final between Hibernian and St Johnstone at Hampden Park on May 22, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. A limited number of fans will be allowed into the stadium as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 22: St Johnstone captain Jason Kerr lifts the trophy following the Scottish Cup Final between Hibernian and St Johnstone at Hampden Park on May 22, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. A limited number of fans will be allowed into the stadium as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Over the course of the 2020-21 season, Melamed’s goals helped the Scottish outfit win the League Cup and Scottish Cup and qualify for European football.

Melamed recently said he was ‘flattered’ by the interest being shown in him, but had not ruled-out remaining with the Scottish side, but has now seemingly rejected the chance to stay with St Johnstone.

Speaking after the club’s retained list had been revealed, St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson said: "The squad gave the Football Club 100 percent and that's why we won the Cup double and qualified for Europe.

"I'd like to thank them all as they were very professional and a pleasure to manage. I wish them the very best of luck in the future.

"As a manager, you need to make difficult decisions but it is part of the job.

"We will now focus on trying to bring in one or two new players for the start of the season.”

A goal against Hamilton earlier this year only underlined those comparisons.

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