Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Lee Johnson hopeful of injury boost as Denver Hume steps up return to fitness ahead of Oxford United
Sunderland AFC are preparing for Good Friday’s clash against Oxford United with League One promotion in their sights.
Lee Johnson’s men are closing in on the top two following a run of 10 league games without defeat. Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers were the latest team to fail in their attempts to stop the Black Cats’ momentum.
Hull City dropped points at home to Gillingham last time out while the Cats are within striking distance of Peterborough United, who they play on Easter Monday.
As well as being just two points behind second placed Posh, the Wearside club are also just three points away from league leaders Hull City with two games in hand.
Indeed, it is just one loss in 18 games for Johnson’s side across league and cup as the feel factor continues around the Stadium of Light.
We’ll bring you the latest team news, analysis, insight and more throughout the day ahead of a busy Easter period:
Sunderland AFC news (March 30)
Last updated: Tuesday, 30 March, 2021, 14:46
- Sunderland are preparing to face Oxford United at the Stadium of Light on Good Friday
- Could Lee Johnson have Denver Hume and Chris Maguire at his disposal?
- The pair played during the under-23s’ 3-0 win against Burnley - Maguire was on the scoresheet
- Jordan Jones is also edging closer to fitness and could be back this weekend
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Lee Johnson hopes to have Jordan Jones fit for this weekend’s crucial fixtures against Oxford United and Peterborough United.
Jones was a key figure through the first part of Sunderland’s current unbeaten run, but picked up an injury in the 2-0 win over Portsmouth, a game in which he scored and produced arguably his best performance to date for the Black Cats.
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Important reading for Sunderland Ladies fans
Sunderland have told supporters that they want Mel Copeland’s side to return to the FA Women’s Championship ‘as quickly as possible’.
The FA last week announced their intention to declare the Women’s National League North null and void for the second season in succession.
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All of this morning’s gossip as Sunderland receive cash boost
Besiktas have reportedly paid another instalment to Sunderland for Jeremain Lens.
The Wearside club purchased Lens from Dynamo Kiev for £12m back in 2015.
The Turkish outfit signed Dutch winger from Sunderland in August 2017
The deal was initially a loan move before Lens penned a permanent contract the following summer.
Fotospor state that Besiktas have now paid for outstanding transfer fees to Sunderland.
That is said to include their third €1m (£853k) instalment of the deal agreed to bring Lens to Turkey.
The initial fee to take Lens to Besiktas was said to be £6m.
Oxford United boss Karl Robinson on upcoming Sunderland match
Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Robinson said: “This wasn’t down for three points, so it’s a good start.
“You know you’re going to one of the hardest away games of the season at Sunderland.
“If you lose this game you lose three on the spin.
“We’ve nipped that in the bud, we can go there for a free hit knowing on the Monday we’ve got Accrington back here.
“We’ve got two massive games coming up.”
The key steaming information ahead of Oxford United clash
What channel is Sunderland vs Oxford United on?
Unfortunately, the League One match between Sunderland and Oxford United won’t be shown on television.
Unlike the Black Cats’ recent games against Portsmouth in League One and Tranmere Rovers in the Papa John’s Trophy final, this fixture hasn’t been chosen to be broadcast.
Sky have chosen Doncaster Rovers vs Charlton Athletic as their televised League One game on Good Friday.
Can I stream Sunderland vs Oxford United online for free?
Yes, Sunderland’s game against Oxford United will be streamed on iFollow via SAFSEE.
Frankie Francis and Danny Collins will be live from the 30 minutes before kick-off, with the duo also providing post-match analysis and reaction.
New users can set up an account and pay £10 to view the game by clicking here.
Existing users with a season pass can view the game by following this link.
The Sunderland Echo will also have full coverage from the Stadium of Light as Lee Johnson’s side aim to extend their unbeaten record to 13 games in all competitions in our live blog.
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Sunderland take Gateshead youngster on trial
Sunderland are set to take Gateshead youngster Nelson Ogbewe on trial - according to reports.
The news comes after the 18-year-old youngster scored against the Black Cats in a behind closed doors friendly earlier this week
The 18-year-old put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the Gateshead earlier this month.
He signed a two year deal with the National League North side.
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