Sunderland AFC transfer rumours and news RECAP: Cats 'closing in' on deal breakthrough as host of new faces eyed
Sunderland are in the market for plenty of new signings this summer – with their efforts to seal deals set to step-up following the official opening of the transfer window last week.
Kristjaan Speakman, Lee Johnson and the club’s transfer team are set for a busy few weeks on Wearside as they target a number of new additions.
The Black Cats released seven players following the end of the 2020/21 season and are awaiting answers from four further players who are out-of-contract, but have been offered fresh terms.
And with Johnson continuing to put his stamp on the squad, several new signings who are well-suited to the club’s style of play are expected before the season kicks-off in August.
A number of names have already been linked with the Stadium of Light and weekend reports suggest that a transfer breakthrough could be close.
We’ll have all the latest Sunderland transfer news and rumours throughout the day:
LIVE: Sunderland AFC transfer news (14 June)
Last updated: Monday, 14 June, 2021, 14:12
- The summer transfer window is open - and Sunderland are targeting a host of new signings.
- Former Manchester United goalkeeper Jacob Carney is reportedly set to become the club’s first summer signing.
- Lee Johnson and the club’s transfer team will be hopeful of further deals before pre-season begins.
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With the transfer window now open, things are beginning to hot-up slightly in League One - with some clubs having enjoyed a strong start to the transfer window.
The Black Cats are still yet to find that transfer breakthrough, but are targeting a number of new players in key positions ahead of the new campaign.
We’ll have the latest transfer talk throughout the day - so stick with us...
Pre-season plans are continuing to be finalised at the Academy of Light
The Black Cats have currently confirmed just two friendlies, with visits to Spennymoor Town and York City pencilled in for July 3 and July 21.
But discussions are ongoing about a number of additional games, while Johnson has also discussed the prospect of a trip to Scotland.
That visit could allow Sunderland to face Ross County in a friendly, with the arrangement of such a game part of the deal that brought Ross Stewart to Wearside in January.
Johnson, though, is keen to have a clearly structured pre-season.
Sunderland’s potential opponents will likely be selected with specific focuses in mind, and to enable the side to build upon what the focus of the prior week has been.
Sunderland ‘closing in’ on transfer breakthrough
Sunderland are close to securing a move for goalkeeper Jacob Carney - according to the Sun.
The Manchester United stopper is set to be available on a free transfer as his contract at Old Trafford comes to an end.
Sunderland allowed Remi Matthews to depart the Stadium of Light this summer leaving just Lee Burge and Anthony Patterson as senior goalkeepers.
Both Premier League Burnley and Brighton were also potentially interested in making a move for Carney this summer - but according to the latest report, Sunderland now look to have won the race for his signature.
Carney looks set to form part of the club’s under-23 side.
St Johnstone boss opens the door for Guy Melamed move
St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has confirmed that the Scottish side are ‘moving on’ from Guy Melamed - opening the door for a potential move to Sunderland.
The Black Cats are one of a number of clubs to have been linked with the Israeli striker, who is now a free agent.
Speaking to The Courier, he said:
I think Guy was waiting to see what options were available to him.
We put an offer to him. It was a ‘wait and see’ but we haven’t heard anything back.
We’ve got to move on from that as well.
We made him a really good offer and it was a while ago now – well before the season finished.
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Four bids for Sunderland-linked striker
Sunderland were one of a host of clubs linked with a move for Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley in January.
The towering frontman eventually joined Charlton Athletic on loan and went on to net eight times during his time at The Valley.
Stockley is set to leave Preston permanently this summer and the Lancashire Evening Post claim that four League One clubs have already lodged bids for the former Exeter man.
Portsmouth are believed to be leading the chase, while Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday have also registered an interest.