Sunderland AFC transfer news: Luke Garbutt twist as Ipswich Town make a revealing move
With the new League One season now just over a month away, transfer talk is continuing to dominate the discussion at the Stadium of Light.
Here, we take a look at the latest news from around Sunderland AFC – including some deal updates:
Ipswich take a left-back on trial – as Luke Garbutt deal hopes fade
Ipswich Town have taken Republic of Ireland international full-back Stephen Ward on trial, as the Tractor Boys turn their attentions to alternative targets after trying to seal a deal for Luke Garbutt.
Sunderland target Garbutt was wanted on a permanent deal by Paul Lambert after an impressive loan spell last term, but this latest move is a further indication that the chances of the former Everton man returning to Portman Road on a longer-term basis are slim.
But it is far from a guarantee that Sunderland are now set to seal his signature – with no deal imminent, and a host of other clubs interested in a deal for the 27-year-old.
Jon McLaughlin draws praise after Rangers debut
Former Sunderland stopper Jon McLaughlin drew praise from Steven Gerrard after keeping a clean sheet on his Rangers debut.
The Scottish international helped the Gers to a 3-0 win, with Gerrard praising a ‘fantastic’ display.
“Jon has done fantastic,” he said.
"It was a really strong debut. He came for one cross he might regret coming for, but he got a clean sheet and was really positive in everything he did. I thought it was a strong performance from him.
"We have two keepers who are capable of being No.1 and that’s the way I want it."
League One rivals see eye-catching deal stall
Sunderland’s promotion rivals Portsmouth have seen an eye-catching deal stall - as a result of the introduction of the League One salary cap.
According to The News, Pompey were keen on a deal for Blackburn full-back Charlie Mulgrew – but with terms having failed to be agreed prior to the introduction of the £2.5million cap, it is claimed that the move has now been ‘derailed’.