Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Fresh takeover reports plus Joey Barton reveals failed winger bid
Sunderland continue to be at the centre of of takeover and transfer speculation ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light.
While fresh takeover updates emerged from America overnight, it’s also been revealed the Black Cats will keep their Category One academy status. We’ve also got more build-up to Saturday’s important League One fixture. Scroll down to catch up with all of today’s SAFC headlines and see how the day unfolded on our live blog:
Sunderland AFC takeover and transfer news RECAP: 5 February
Last updated: Wednesday, 05 February, 2020, 18:08
- Stewart Donald is in 'serious' talks over a takeover of Sunderland - according to reports
- Joey Barton has claimed Fleetwood pipped the Black Cats to the deadline day signing of a winger
- Sunderland welcome Ipswich Town to the Stadium of Light on Saturday
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Today's big story...
Stewart Donald is in ‘serious’ talks with potential buyers over a takeover of Sunderland AFC – according to reports.
Donald placed the club publicly up for sale in December, and has since been working behind the scenes in a bid to find new owners for the Black Cats.
And reports from American news outlet Bloomberg now claim that the Sunderland hierarchy have been holding ‘serious discussions’ with at least two potential buyers over a deal.
Their report states that Donald wishes to find a new buyer by the end of the month, and suggests that his asking price is around the £40million mark.
Very well deserved!
Phil Parkinson and Chris Maguire have been nominated for the League One manager and player of the month awards after Sunderland went unbeaten in January.
The Black Cats had been languishing in the lowest position of the club’s history after a 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day, a game in which some supporters at the Stadium of Light had chanted at the final whistle for managerial change.
Sunderland beat Doncaster Rovers in a superb display days later and carried that form into the new year.
Though the 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth on the first day of this month was a significant setback, their haul of 14 points from six games in January has reignited their promotion ambitions.
Barton claims Fleetwood pipped Sunderland to winger signing
Joey Barton says it was ‘nice to put one across’ Sunderland – after pipping the Black Cats to the signing of winger Barrie McKay.
The Swansea City wideman penned a loan move to Fleetwood Town on deadline day, but Barton claims that the deal was almost scuppered when Sunderland entered the race at the last minute.
But with the paperwork already done, it was the Cod Army who clinched the signing of the Scot – much to Barton’s delight.
At the last minute Sunderland tried to do the deal but we had the paperwork done, so it's nice to put one across them again.
Big news for Sunderland's academy!
Sunderland’s academy is to maintain its Category One status after a recent audit from the Premier League.
The audit takes place independently every three years, and the Black Cats have again been given elite status.
Academies are graded from one to four, and the decision means significant investment in the club’s operation.
A club statement said that the report had shown a ‘substantial’ improvement from when the last audit was held.
Kevin Phillips' message to Sunderland striker
Kevin Phillips has told Kyle Lafferty he can become a Sunderland hero – if he can fire the Black Cats to promotion.
“He has played in big games in Scotland like the Old Firm,” explained Phillips, speaking to Football Insider.
“He has got to come in now and fill the void. If he can come in and score goals now he can make himself a hero, especially if he can get Sunderland into the play-offs.
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Declan John explains what Sunderland fans can expect
Declan John believes he will be a perfect fit for Sunderland’s 3-4-3 system as he bids to fight his way into Phil Parkinson’s starting XI.
John joined on loan until the end of the season last Friday after a frustrating first half of the season at Swansea City.
Declan John on Sunderland role
“When we play with a five, that wing-back rule will suit me down to the ground, getting up and down the pitch is what I can do. Hopefully I can try and get some goals and assists.”
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