LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Wolves defender discusses future as Peterborough face Blackpool test

Sunderland don’t have a midweek game this week – but there’s still plenty to discuss as Lee Johnson’s side prepare for Saturday’s trip to Bristol Rovers.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 5:54 pm

The Black Cats are third in the League One table following their 1-1 draw with Lincoln City at the Stadium of Light – two points off the automatic promotion places.

Sunderland have also planned a behind closed doors friendly this week, while the club’s under-23 side were in action against Crystal Palace yesterday.

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Sunderland boss Lee Johnson.
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Sunderland AFC transfer news: RECAP (March 23)

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 March, 2021, 17:53

  • Sunderland have a free week after their 1-1 draw with Lincoln City.
  • The Black Cats are now preparing for Saturday’s trip to Bristol Rovers.
  • Sunderland’s under-23 side left it late to beat Crystal Palace yesterday.
  • Wolves loanee Dion Sanderson has been discussing his future.

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Former SAFC midfielder handed key role at Salford City

Former Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson will assist new Salford boss Gary Bowyer.

Bowyer becomes Salford’s third manager of the season after the Sky Bet League Two club parted company with Richie Wellens on Monday.

Bowyer’s last managerial job was with Bradford, who sacked him in February 2020. The 49-year-old, who previously managed Blackburn and Blackpool, joined Derby in September as coach of their under-23 side.

Salford – who are owned by members of Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ including Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and David Beckham – currently sit in ninth place, six points outside the play-off positions.

Read more HERE

Sunderland’s next five

Today’s long read

We caught up with sport finance expert Dan Plumley from Sheffield Hallam University to discuss the impacts of playing matches behind closed doors, Sunderland’s advantage over their League One rivals and where Kyril Louis-Dreyfus can invest his money.

Read the full piece HERE

Don’t miss Stephen Elliott’s latest exclusive column!

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I watched some of the dressing room footage after the win at Wembley last week and I couldn’t help but admire the camaraderie that was evident amongst the team.

Sunderland have paid tribute to Frank Worthington, who has sadly passed away

Sunderland linked with in-demand striker

The Black Cats are one of several clubs who have been credited with an interest in St Johnstone striker Guy Melamed.

An Israeli striker, Melamed has been catching the eye for the Scottish side this term and has netted five goals in 15 games since making his debut in November.

And Football Insider claim that Sunderland are one of three clubs eyeing a potential summer move – with Portsmouth and Ipswich Town also rumoured to be interested.

Melamed is out of contract in the summer and the trio may be able to offer a lucrative contract if they are to secure promotion to the Championship.

The 28-year-old has never played in England, and his move to St Johnstone was the first time he had played outside of Israel.

Denver Hume is set to step-up his return from injury

The full-back will play in a behind closed doors game today - full details of which can be found in the story below:

Denver Hume set to step-up injury return in behind closed doors friendly as Sunderland prepare for Bristol Rovers

Denver Hume is set to step-up his return from injury in a behind closed doors friendly today.

League One fixtures tonight

Peterborough have the chance to move five points clear of Sunderland when they travel to Blackpool this evening.

There are three other League One fixtures this evening.

A late winner for the under-23s

Will Harris’ late double saw Sunderland under-23s snatch a dramatic victory at Crystal Palace on Monday.

The striker scored twice in the final minutes of the game to hand the Black Cats victory after Jake O’Brien’s opener.

Sunderland were without a number of key players with the likes of Oliver Younger, Josh Hawkes and Benji Kimpioka all absent ahead of a behind closed doors friendly with the first-team on Tuesday.

Elliott Dickman was, however, able to call upon the services of two trialists as Nathan Newall and Danny Greenfield both featured for the second successive game.

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Who would you offer a new deal?

Power isn’t the only player who will be out of contract this summer.

Who would you offer a new deal at the Stadium of Light?

This week’s column from Stephen Elliott

Our columnist believes Max Power should Max Power deserves a new deal as Sunderland.

Read his latest column HERE

Dion Sanderson latest

Let’s start with the Wolves loanee.

Sanderson has caught the eye in recent weeks while on loan at Sunderland and has built-up a strong partnership with Luke O’Nien at the heart of the Black Cats’ defence.

And given his performances of late, it is no surprise that he has already been linked with a host of top-flight clubs.

National reports have suggested that the likes of Sheffield United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace could all be interested in striking a deal for Sanderson come the summer – while Sunderland have also been credited with an interest in making the 21-year-old’s stay permanent.

But Sanderson himself says his preference would be to remain at Wolves, and to try and establish himself in the top flight.

Read more HERE

Sunderland don’t have a midweek fixture this week - with Lee Johnson’s side now preparing for Saturday’s trip to Bristol Rovers.

The Black Cats remain third in the table with 11 league games to go, while there has been lots of talk about loan players Jordan Jones and Dion Sanderson.

We’ll have all the latest news, analysis and more throughout the day.

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