Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Phil Parkinson eyes new midfielder as deadline approaches

Sunderland AFC remain in the market for new faces this month – with Phil Parkinson keen to strengthen his ranks before the January 31 deadline.

Saturday, 25th January 2020, 5:13 pm
Sunderland target Greg Docherty
Sunderland target Greg Docherty

A midfielder, full-back and forward player are believed to be on Parkinson’s wishlist, but time is ticking as he looks to seal some last-minute deals.

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RECAP: Sunderland AFC Transfer News (25 January)

Last updated: Saturday, 25 January, 2020, 17:03


  • Phil Parkinson remains confident of new additions before next Friday's deadline
  • Liam Boyce - who was a target before the capture of Kyle Lafferty - has joined Hearts
  • Reports suggest the Black Cats have made new bids for Oli Norburn and Greg Docherty

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Phil Parkinson denies interest in Premier League midfielder

Sunderland aren't interested in Matt Smith

Phil Parkinson has played down Sunderland’s rumoured interest in Manchester City midfielder Matt Smith.

The Welsh international is currently on loan at QPR but, with his opportunities at Loftus Road limited, reports suggested he was attracting interest from both the Black Cats and Ipswich Town.

But Parkinson has denied that Smith is a target for Sunderland this month, and when quizzed on the rumours simply said ‘no.’

Sunderland are in the market for a central midfielder this month, with concerns mounting over the depth of the club’s options in that area.

The latest on Sunderland's hunt for new faces

Phil Parkinson is confident of new signings

Phil Parkinson has confirmed Sunderland are working towards bringing in a couple more additions before next week’s transfer deadline.

Sunderland have so far added free agent Kyle Lafferty on a short-term deal until the end of the season and Bailey Wright on loan from Bristol City.

Parkinson hopes to add more before next Friday night’s 11pm deadline, with a central midfielder and cover at left-wing back the priority.

We have been working on it again this morning, we'll see where the next few days take us.

Phil Parkinson

Sunderland set for weekend friendly

Kyle Lafferty and Bailey Wright are set to take part in an in-house friendly as they look to build-up their fitness.

The Sunderland duo will be just two of the players participating in the behind closed doors friendly, which will also involve members of the club’s under-23 side.

An injury update from Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson has provided an injury update on Elliot Embleton, with the Sunderland boss hopeful his fresh injury blow won’t keep him out for longer than a couple of weeks.

Sunderland offer supporters refund for Tranmere Rovers clash

Sunderland AFC are offering supporters unable to attend the rearranged clash with Tranmere Rovers the chance to claim a refund.

See below for full details from a club statement:

Due to the late rescheduling of the fixture, supporters now unable to attend the game can obtain a refund.

To do so, your original ticket must be returned to the Stadium of Light box office by 5pm on Monday, 27 January.

Sunderland AFC Club Statement

What's the latest on Greg Docherty?

The Rangers midfielder is one of the players being considered as Phil Parkinson looks to bolster his engine room.

Parkinson confirmed on Thursday that a deal for the midfielder wasn't dead - amid fears he had agreed terms elsewhere, with Charlton known to be keen.

But it looks as if Docherty is very much still on the market, given he is playing for Rangers' development squad against Huddersfield Town today.

A boost for Sunderland, perhaps - given he seemingly hasn't agreed terms elsewhere.

And indeed, Football Insider claim that the Black Cats have submitted a new, improved offer for the 23-year-old.

Some big news from the Academy of Light today...

Ged McNamee is set to return to Sunderland’s academy as head of recruitment.

McNamee spent almost 20 years at the club in his previous spell, twelve of those in the role of Academy Director.

It was a period which saw the club make the successful transition to Category One status under the Elite Player Performance Plan, and also saw the likes of Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford rise to first-team level.

He is returning to oversee the academy’s recruitment throughout the age groups, and is expected to start work on Monday.

Reports - Sunderland offer Will Grigg swap deal

Football Insider claim that Sunderland have offered Will Grigg to Shrewsbury Town - as part of a deal for midfielder Oliver Norburn.

They claim that the Black Cats have been unable to agree a fee with the Shrews for Norburn, so have offered the out-of-favour striker to sweeten the deal.

BREAKING: Sunderland target Liam Boyce joins Hearts

Sunderland target Liam Boyce has joined Hearts - after leaving League One rivals Burton Albion.

Phil Parkinson suggested the Black Cats' interest in Boyce had cooled in recent days, and he has now joined the SPFL side.

Explaining his exit, Burton boss Nigel Clough said: “We have reluctantly accepted the bid from Hearts - with four or five months left on his contract, there wasn’t much choice for us, really.

“It’s very difficult when a player has a few months left, difficult for the player and the club, as he would go on a free in the summer so we have to make a decision on whether we take some money now for him."

Telling comments from the Sunderland striker target...

It could just be standard new signing speak - but these comments suggest Boyce had his heart set on Hearts (if you'll pardon the pun...)

I couldn't see myself going anywhere else and I'm buzzing to be here.

Liam Boyce

The Black Cats will be hitting Netflix again soon!

The second series of Sunderland ‘Til I Die is set to hit Netflix within the next two months – according to Leo Pearlman of Fulwell73.

Pearlman, who helps lead the production company behind the popular documentary, revealed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Media Show’ that the second series is set to hit Netflix in ‘four to six weeks’.

That suggests that Sunderland ‘Til I Die is set to return to the streaming service by the middle of March.

What's happening around League One today?

There's five fixtures in League One today - and they could have an impact on the Black Cats.

Peterborough are already 1-0 up against Rotherham which would see them leapfrong Sunderland into fifth.

And just like that...

It's 2-0 to Peterborough. Barring a big turnaround from Rotherham, Sunderland are dropping to sixth in League One this evening.

Phil Parkinson reveals why Tom Flanagan was dropped

Phil Parkinson admits it was a tough call to leave Tom Flanagan out of the squad for the draw with Doncaster Rovers with new signing Bailey Wright taking his place on the bench.

The centre-back, signed on loan from Bristol City for the rest of the season, can play in all three positions across the back three and got the nod ahead of Flanagan.

Flanagan had to make do with a seat in the stands, the defender sat alongside Will Grigg and Ethan Robson, who also both missed out.

Asked about Flanagan’s absence, Parkinson said: “I went for Bailey Wright on the bench, Bailey can cover all three positions across the back. It is always a tough call.

“You can only pick 18 players, sometimes you have to make those decisions.”

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