Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: League One promotion odds revealed as title rivals face injury crisis

Sunderland are set to face Charlton Athletic this Saturday – and we’ll be bringing you all of the latest breaking news and build-up.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 6:01 pm

Sunderland’s promotion fate is in their own hands with just eight games left in League One this season

A superb March has given way to a steady April with the Black Cats winning against Oxford United on Good Friday

That hame was followed by a draw at Peterborough United on Easter Monday, which left Sunderland two points behind second-place Posh but with a game in hand on Darren Ferguson’s side.

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Head coach Lee Johnson.
Head coach Lee Johnson.

The Black Cats have two games in hand on first-place Hull City but with a fixture to play against Grant McCann’s outfit.

A spot in the Championship remains the target for Lee Johnson and his team.

Here, we bring you all of the latest developments from the Stadium of Light and across League One as they happen.

Sunderland AFC transfer news (8 April)

Last updated: Thursday, 08 April, 2021, 10:54

  • Sunderland welcome Charlton Athletic to the Stadium of Light on Saturday
  • The Black Cats will then travel to play Wigan Athletic on Tuesday - a team they have lost against this season
  • The odds for Sunderland to be promoted as champions have shifted slightly
  • Sunderland’s rivals in League One Ipswich Town have been taken over for £40m

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Sunderland’s potential promotion rivals in League One conclude £40m takeover deal

Sunderland’s rivals in League One Ipswich Town have been taken over this afternoon.

The deal ends the 13-year tenure of previous owner Marcus Evans with three board members of US club Phoenix Rising now involved at the club.

It is said that Evans has sold Ipswich Town to the new group for a deal worth around £40million.

Evans, though, will hold 5% of the new company.

But ultimate control of Ipswich will be handed to an Ohio-based investment fund named ORG, which oversees a large US pension fund and owns 90% of Gamechanger 20.

Mike O’Leary, the former West Brom CEO, will be the League One club’s new chairman as they push for promotion back to the Championship

Ipswich Town recently appointed Paul Cook to replace Paul Lambert.

Indeed, the former Wigan and Portsmouth boss is eyeing a late charge for the play-offs, where the Tractor Boys could potentially meet Sunderland.

As it stands in League One ahead of the weekend’s games

Promotion rivals Peterborough United suffer potential injury blow ahead of crucial League One run-in

Peterborough United’s untested backup goalkeeper Dan Gyollai could be thrust into the heat of a League One promotion battle.

Our sister publication the Peterborough Telegraph reports that first choice number one Christy Pym is due to have a scan on a hip injury picked up in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland today (April 7).

If Pym is ruled out short term Hungarian youth international Gyollai, 24, would be handed a first career Football League start at Swindon on Saturday.

Posh may dip into the emergence loan market if Pym is ruled out for the remainder of the season.

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Sunderland linked with move for Ipswich Town winger

Sunderland are reportedly lining-up a summer move for Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards.

The 28-year-old, who was also linked with the Black Cats in the winter transfer window, is out of contract at Portman Road in the summer and is thought to be attracting interest from several clubs.

Indeed, Football Insider claim that both Sunderland and Preston North End are keen on Edwards - who has scored five goals and provided four assists this season.

Formerly of Crawley Town, Peterborough United and Swansea City, Edwards also has International honours at under-19 and under-21 level with Wales. He also been called up to the senior squad on two occasions – in 2014 and 2018.

Speaking earlier this month, the winger said his focus wasn’t on his future.

“I’ve always been playing for my future, so me being out of contract is obviously in the back of my mind, but it’s not something I’m worried about,” he admitted, speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times.

“My main concentration is to try and push as a team and as a club to get into the play-offs.”

Safe to say this is going to go down to the wire!

How Sunderland, Hull City and Peterborough United's run-ins compare as the League One promotion race is assessed

Sunderland came through a challenging easter weekend with both their unbeaten run and their hopes of winning automatic promotion from League One firmly alive.

A fresh injury worry for Benji Kimpioka...

The youngster joined National League promotion chasers Torquay on a temporary deal until the end of the season in March and has already featured twice for the Gulls since making the move to Plainmoor.

But his most recent appearance – in the 1-0 win over Wrexham on Easter Monday – was curtailed after just an hour after the striker was forced to withdraw with an injury.

Torquay manager Gary Johnson has now confirmed to Devon Live that it is a hamstring problem, but the exact severity of the issue remains unclear.

It is, however, not the same hamstring which Kimpioka underwent surgery for earlier this season after an injury in an under-23 game with Aston Villa.

BREAKING: Peterborough goalkeeper out for the season

Peterborough United have been dealt a major blow in their push for promotion – with goalkeeper Christy Pym set to miss the remainder of the campaign.

Posh, who along with Sunderland and Hull City are battling for a spot in the automatic promotion places, may now consider an emergency loan.

Pym has featured 44 times in all competitions for the side this term and is the club’s only experienced stopper.

A temporary signing could therefore be on the cards given that neither back-up goalkeeper Daniel Gyollai, who was signed in the summer from Wigan and has played only in EFL Trophy ties, nor youngster Will Blackmore have made five Football League appearances.

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