Sunderland AFC transfer news: RECAP: Cats' left-back hunt continues as Leeds United reportedly knock back loan offer

Sunderland are preparing for their League One opener against Wigan Athletic at the Stadium of Light this weekend – while Black Cats boss Lee Johnson remains hopeful they can make more additions before the start of the campaign.

Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 3:09 pm

The Wearsiders won their final game of pre-season last week, beating Hull City 2-1 on home turf courtesy of goals from Ross Stewart and Will Grigg.

Sunderland have been in talks with Sheffield United about a loan deal for teenage striker Daniel Jebbison, while a potential loan move for Leeds United’s Charlie Cresswell has reportedly been knocked back.

Johnson is also waiting for a resolution on Denver Hume’s contract situation after saying last week he wants the situation to get sorted before the start of the season.

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Sunderland manager Lee Johnson (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The young left-back is still recovering from injury at the Academy of Light, with Johnson generally optimistic that an agreement will be reached.

We’ll have the latest Black Cats news, analysis, gossip and more throughout the day.

Sunderland AFC transfer news LIVE (August 4)

Last updated: Wednesday, 04 August, 2021, 11:10

  • Sunderland are preparing to host Wigan Athletic for their League One season opener this weekend.
  • The Black Cats have been credited with interest in Leeds United’s Charlie Cresswell.
  • The club are also in talks over a possible loan move for Sheffield United striker Daniel Jebbison.
  • We also have the latest from sporting director Kristjaan Speakman following an exclusive interview.

Welcome back to our Sunderland AFC live blog!

We’ll be bringing you all the latest news and updates from the Stadium of Light and across League One ahead of The Black Cats’ season opener against Wigan Athletic this weekend.

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Speakman: Sunderland will only sell if it allows squad to be strengthened

Speaking to The Echo, Speakman has strongly suggested a departure would only be considered if the squad could be strengthened further.

“I’d always say not to get too concerned about speculation,” Speakman said.

“What I would say is I hope there’ll be a confidence that we won’t let a player go unless it’s in a situation that suits the football club.

“We’re well blessed because we’ve got a lot of players who would complement squads in the Championship and League One, and so there will be interest in them.

“When you’ve got players coming into the final year of their deal, there will naturally be interest.

“We’ll work on a case-by-case basis, and be flexible enough to deal with any changes we need to make.

“But we’re trying to build a stronger squad, not a weaker squad.”

Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman

Leeds “knock back” offer for young defender

One piece of transfer business that looks unlikely to happen for Sunderland is a season-long loan deal for Leeds United’s Charlie Cresswell.

Ross Heppenstall reports that Leeds “knocked back” an offer from Sunderland for the defender as it’s believed Marcelo Bielsa sees the youngster as an option to cover for injuries in the first-team.

There is also reportedly “plenty of Championship interest” in the centre-back, adding further doubts that a deal between Sunderland and Leeds could be concluded.

Sunderland host Wigan Athletic at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon (KO 3pm) as League One action returns.

Leeds United have rejected Sunderland’s approach for their 18-year-old defender Charlie Cresswell. Cresswell is the captain of the Whites’ U23 side and made his first-team debut last season in an EFL Cup clash with Hull City. (Football League World)

Sunderland face competition for loan signing of Sheffield United youngster

Sunderland are reportedly in talks over a possible loan move for striker Daniel Jebbison from Sheffield United.

Fellow League One side Doncaster Rovers are also reportedly interested in the 18 year old striker.

Jebbison impressed for Sheffield United at the end of the last campaign and he scored the only goal against Everton on his full Premier League debut to secure a 1-0 win for The Blades.

Sheffield United's teenage striker Daniel Jebbison could join Sunderland on loan. The 18-year-old had a short loan spell with Chorley last season. (Sunderland Echo)

More from Kristjaan Speakman

Here’s part four of Phil Smith’s exclusive interview with Sunderland’s sporting director Kristjaan Speakman.

The EFL have also provided a streaming update

The EFL have confirmed that they will return to their pre COVID-19 position on streaming games this season.

That means Sunderland fans in the UK will not be able to stream games that take place between 2:45 and 5:15 on a Saturday afternoon.

Only fans overseas will be able to stream those games, provided that they have not been selected for international television broadcast in a territory that has an overseas broadcast partner.

However, the EFL have also confirmed that clubs will be able to offer a streaming service to UK supporters for any games that take place outside of that Saturday window.

That means that all midweek games not selected for TV can be streamed, as well as matches moved from their Saturday slot for non-TV purposes.

Games that take place on a bank holiday can be streamed, and all Papa John’s Trophy games up until the semi-final can be streamed.

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