LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Charlie Wyke and Dion Sanderson latest as rumours swirl and League One preparations step up
Sunderland targeting a breakthrough in the transfer market.
But the club are set to return to training in the coming days.
The Black Cats face Spennymoor Town in their first friendly on July 3.
Pre-season training will kick-off at the Academy of Light prior to the Spenny clash away from home.
And having allowed seven players to move on to pastures new following the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, Sunderland are keen to strengthen their ranks ahead of what is sure to be another competitive League One campaign.
The club have already been linked with a host of players, such as winger Viv Solomon-Otabor and popular loanee Dion Sanderson while speculation is rife that the likes of George Dobson could be allowed to leave on a permanent basis this summer.
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Sunderland transfer news RECAP (June 22)
Last updated: Tuesday, 22 June, 2021, 15:53
- Sunderland are still searching for a breakthrough on the transfer and contract front
- Wyke, McGeady, Hume and O’Nien have all been offered new deals at the Stadium of Light
- The Black Cats face Spennymoor Town in their first friendly on July 3
- Sunderland will also face Harrogate Town on July 24
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Harrogate announce Sunderland friendly
Harrogate Town have become Sunderland’s third confirmed pre-season opponents.
The League Two side have announced that they will welcome Lee Johnson’s side on Saturday July 24, with kick off at 3pm.
Thus far, Sunderland have announced a trip to Spennymoor Town on July 3, also a 3pm kick off, and a trip to York City on Wednesday July 21, kicking off at 7pm.
Ticket details are yet to be confirmed for that trip to York, while Spennymoor have confirmed that they will only be able to accommodate a limited number of home supporters.
Bould to leave Arsenal
Former Sunderland defender Steve Bould will leave Arsenal this summer.
The former centre-back has been running the Gunners’ under-23s for the past two seasons, having previously worked as assistant manager under Arsene Wenger.
Announcing the decision, academy manager Per Mertesacker said: “Steve has been a fantastic servant for us on and off the pitch. His record as a player speaks for itself and he has been an inspiration to generations of young players coming through the academy.
“This has been a very hard decision to make. Steve’s contribution to the under-23s and the club as a whole has been huge and he will always be an important figure in our history.”
Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy details
Sunderland will know their opponents in the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy later this week.
The first-round Carabao Cup Round draw will take place live on Sky Sports at 3:40pm on Thursday 24 June, the same day the EFL fixture lists will be released.
Like last year’s competition, the first round will be drawn in Northern and Southern sections, meaning Sunderland could draw one of 34 sides including EFL newcomers Hartlepool United and Sheffield United.
First-round ties will take place on the week commencing August 9.
The Papa John’s Trophy draw will then take place live on Sky Sports at 4:30pm, which will also be split into Northern and Southern sections and include 16 invited Under-21 sides.
Sunderland ‘target’ set to join Portsmouth
Portsmouth are set to win the race for in-demand defender Clark Robertson – who had been linked with a move to Sunderland.
The Scottish centre back left Rotherham United earlier this summer and had been rumoured to be a target for the Black Cats, who are looking for a number of new signings.
Aberdeen and Plymouth Argyle were also reported to be keen on Robertson – but it’s Portsmouth who are now set to seal a deal.
The News report that the 27-year-old has agreed terms with the Fratton Park side and that the deal will be confirmed once a medical is completed.
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Is business set to ramp-up in League One?
Portsmouth chief executive Andrew Cullen expects transfer business in League One to ramp-up – now the ‘beauty parade’ of June is set to come to an end.
Sunderland are one of a number of clubs yet to make a breakthrough in the market this summer, with pre-season training set to kick-off in the near future.
Rivals Portsmouth are in a similar situation, but their CEO believes that there is little need to panic at present.
With players still assessing their options and talking to a number of clubs – in a process Cullen likened to a ‘beauty parade’ – a number of clubs are waiting on decisions.
But as we head into July, the Portsmouth chief expects to see the dominoes begin to fall as players begin to face the reality of their situations and commit to moves.
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Sunderland see opening Dion Sanderson bid rejected - reports
Wolves have reportedly rejected an opening bid from Sunderland for defender Dion Sanderson.
The-21-year-old impressed while on loan at the Stadium of Light last season before his spell on Wearside was cut short due to injury.
Sunderland are keen to re-sign the centre-back, who is attracting interest from several clubs and only has one year left on his contract at Wolves.
Championship clubs Cardiff, Birmingham, Stoke, Luton and Millwall have all been credited with interest, while it’s understood Sheffield United are keeping tabs on the player.
Yet according to the Daily Mail, Sunderland have made an initial offer, understood to be around £1million, for Sanderson which has been swiftly rejected by Wolves.
Here’s what we know on contracts
Have Sunderland suffered a transfer blow?
Sunderland-linked Guy Melamed is in advanced talks with two clubs in Israel.
That’s according to the Herald and Times Sport who state that the former St Johnstone striker is weighing up a return to his homeland.
The 28-year-old moved to McDiarmid Park last summer and played a key role for the Perth club as they landed a historic cup double.
The Scottish outfit bagged the Scottish FA Cup and Scottish League cup and qualified for the Europa League in the process.
Melamed had been linked with Sunderland and their League One rivals Ipswich Town after his contract expired.
But reports now suggest that Melamed will likely return to Isreal with two clubs currently in discussions with his representatives.
One of Joey Barton’s former players has had a dig at his old boss
Gillingham defender Max Ehmer has launched a scathing attack on old boss Joey Barton.
The pair worked together at Bristol Rovers as the club were relegated to League Two.
Ehmer recently signed a deal to stay in League One with Gillingham following his release by Rovers.
In an interview with Kent Online, Ehmer said of the situation between himself and Barton: “I’m not going to go too much in depth with it, but it was strange,”
“From how he was speaking to me when he first came in to what he came out and said was odd.
“It was almost like I got scapegoated.
“How can you blame someone who’s injured when you first come in, missed a couple of weeks with my shoulder and then I played 45 minutes at Hull and 45 minutes at Plymouth and somehow it’s all my fault?
“At the end of the day some people just need to look at themselves rather than blaming others I suppose.”
Indeed, Barton publically questioned why the 29-year-old was given the Bristol Rovers armband.
Ehmer continued: “He came for me a couple of times in meetings but he was always positive, that’s what made it even more strange.
“The day he released the article was the day he agreed to let me get my shoulder operated on, so then I saw all the reports saying I wasn’t committed to it, but my shoulder had no ligaments in it, so I think I had to get it done regardless.
“I was trying to play on, trying to help the club and it got to a point where I couldn’t, and he agreed to let me get it done.”
Yesterday’s transfer gossip:
Kevin Phillips believes that losing Charlie Wyke during this summer transfer window will be a massive blow for Sunderland and Lee Johnson. (Football Insider)
Sheffield United look set to reignite their interest in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ defender Dion Sanderson, who is also wanted by Sunderland. (Sheffield Star)
Celtic have held fresh talks with striker Charlie Wyke over the last week. (Northern Echo)
Ipswich Town have seen their opening bid of £350k for Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist. (Daily Record)
Ipswich Town are reportedly ready to recruit Birmingham City striker Sam Cosgrove for a loan move next season. Cosgrove was signed by Blues for a reported £2 million (Birmingham Live)
Chelsea youngster Luke McCormick could be headed for League One this summer with AFC Wimbledon emerging as favourites to sign him. (The Sun)
Derby County are no closer to finalising a deal with out-of-contract striker Martyn Waghorn. The former Sunderland attacker has been linked with both Cardiff City and Ipswich Town this summer. (Derbyshire Live)