Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Dion Sanderson latest as Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady are named in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

It is set to be a busy summer period for Sunderland.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 5:04 pm

The Black Cats are looking to build a squad capable of achieving League One promotion at the fourth time of asking after missing out on promotion to the Championship.

Indeed, seven players were released last week – including the likes of Grant Leadbitter, Max Power and Chris Maguire.

The clearout came after the Black Cats were knocked out in the play-off semi-final by Lincoln City in from of 10,000 supporters at the Stadium of Light.

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New deals have been offered to Denver Hume, Luke O’Nien, Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke as supporters await further updates.

Meanwhile, owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus publicly backed Lee Johnson as the two look to press ahead with the transfer plans alongside sporting director Kristjaan Speakman and head of recruitment Stuart Harvey.

Here are the big stories from around the Stadium of Light and League One as Sunderland prepare for a huge summer:

Sunderland AFC news RECAP (June 3)

Last updated: Thursday, 03 June, 2021, 17:03

  • Sunderland are preparing for a fourth season in League One
  • The Black Cats have been linked with a former Newcastle United midfielder
  • Luke O’Nien move to Preston North End played down
  • Sunderland Ladies promotion to FA Women’s Championship
  • Sunderland duo Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady have both been named in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

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McGeady and Wyke in team of the year

Sunderland duo Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady have both been named in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

The voted XI were nominated by the pair’s fellow professionals throughout the 2020-21 season across the league pyramid.

Here’s the team in full: Chris Maxwell (Blackpool); Callum Elder (Hull City), Lewis Coyle (Hull City), Lewis Montsma (Lincoln City), Rob Atkinson (Oxford United); Aiden McGeady (SUNDERLAND), George Honeyman (Hull City), Jorge Grant (Lincoln City); Charlie Wyke (SUNDERLAND), Jonson Clarke-Harris (Peterborough United), Mallik Wilks (Hull City).

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See the results HERE

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The latest transfer gossip from around the web

Here, we take a look at the latest transfer news from Sunderland and around League One:

Dion Sanderson has been linked with a permanent move to Sunderland from Wolves following last season’s loan. The report, however, comes from the same outlet that claimed Lee Johnson was set to be sacked. (Football Insider)

The £2million-rated Sanderson is also been linked with Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United going into the summer. (Various)

Newly promoted Blackpool are set to ‘test Sunderland’s resolve’ with a transfer offer for their on loan star Elliot Embleton. (The Northern Echo)

Sunderland, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town target Guy Melamed – who has been likened to Dennis Bergkamp – will leave Scottish club St Johnstone at the end of his contract and will be available on a free this summer. (Sunderland Echo)

Sol Bamba Joe Bennett, Junior Hoilett and Joe Day will leave Cardiff City this summer alongside former Sunderland loanee Jonny Williams. (Various)

Sheffield Wednesday are keeping close tabs on West Brom’s goalkeeper Josh Griffiths after the departure of Keiren Westwood. Portsmouth have also been linked with a deal for the 19-year-old England youth international stopper. (Various)

Sunderland linked with a former Newcastle United midfielder.

Sunderland have been linked with a former Newcastle United midfielder.

Huddersfield Town and Coventry City are reportedly offering Alex Gilliead a potential move into the Championship.

But Sunderland and Ipswich Town are also apparently talking to the departing Scunthorpe United midfielder.

That’s according to Football League World.

Gilliead came up through Newcastle United’s academy but failed made a senior appearance at St James’ Park before his release.

Instead, the Shotley Bridge-born player enjoyed loan spells at Carlisle United, Luton Town and Bradford City before moving to Shrewsbury Town on a permanent deal in 2018.

After helping the club avoid relegation, Football league World state that the 25-year-old is now set to leave Scunthorpe – the team he joined in 2019 – after two seasons which has alerted several clubs.

Huddersfield and Coventry are said thave already have ‘held talks’ with Gilliead but there is also interest from  Sunderland and Ipswich.

The Wearsiders are looking to recruit in midfield and attacking areas following the departures of Grant Leadbitter, Max Power, Chris Maguire and Josh Scowen.

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