LiveSunderland AFC transfer rumours and news RECAP: Cats target deal breakthrough as pre-season return grows closer

Sunderland are set to return to training in the coming days – with the club targeting a breakthrough in the transfer market.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 3:52 pm

The Black Cats face Spennymoor Town in their first friendly on July 3 and pre-season training will kick-off at the Academy of Light prior to that fixture.

And having allowed seven players to move on to pastures new following the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, Sunderland are keen to strengthen their ranks ahead of what is sure to be another competitive League One campaign.

The club have already been linked with a host of players, such as winger Viv Solomon-Otabor and popular loanee Dion Sanderson, while speculation is rife that the likes of George Dobson could be allowed to leave on a permanent basis this summer.

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Sunderland AFC transfer latest as Cats target deal breakthrough ahead of pre-season return
Sunderland AFC transfer latest as Cats target deal breakthrough ahead of pre-season return

Our team of writers will be keeping you up to date with all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip throughout the day.

LIVE: Sunderland AFC transfer news (June 21)

Last updated: Monday, 21 June, 2021, 12:30

  • Sunderland remain on the hunt for a transfer breakthrough - with pre-season training now just days away
  • The Black Cats have been linked with a move for winger Viv Solomon-Otabor
  • Midfielder George Dobson is expected to depart the club

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The latest Dion Sanderson speculation

Is George Dobson set to be on the move?

AFC Wimbledon boss Mark Robinson has confirmed that his side won’t be signing the midfielder after his impressive loan spell - but the South London Press suggest that Dobson could be released by the Black Cats this summer.

Here’s what Robinson had to say:

We love George and we made him an offer.

But I’m not sure we’ll be able to meet what the player and the agent want.

Sheffield United target Dion Sanderson

Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson has made no secret of his desire to strike a deal for Dion Sanderson were it possible - but the club will face competition.

Indeed, the Sheffield Star are reporting that the Wolves youngster is on a list of potential targets handed to new Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic ahead of pre-season.

Jokanovic is keen to assess the Blades’ squad himself before sanctioning any arrivals, but two centre backs are thought to be high on his wanted list.

A big pre-season ahead for this man!

But can he catch the eye?

Sunderland linked with winger Viv Solomon-Otabor

Sunderland are among a host of clubs credited with an interest in Wigan Athletic winger Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Charlton Athletic, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth have also been linked with the wideman who is set to be out of contract this summer.

The 25-year-old’s deal with Wigan expires at the end of this month.

And welcome to our live blog!

As we tick ever closer to pre-season training beginning, Sunderland are set to step-up their attempts to bring new faces to the Academy of Light.

The Black Cats have been linked with a host of potential targets as Lee Johnson looks to replace the seven players who left at the end of the 2020/21 season.

We’ll have the latest transfer talk throughout the day...

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