Sunderland AFC transfer rumours: Attacker 'unlikely' to extend stay on Wearside, £3m Black Cats striker eyed by Wigan Athletic, Roy Keane 'blanked' by Celtic
Sunderland are preparing for a summer of change following their play-off semi-final defeat.
Lee Johnson’s men failed to overcome Lincoln City over two legs and now face a fourth straight season in the third tier of English football.
Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, though, has confirmed that Johnson will remain on as head coach next campaign during a recent interview.
The Black Cats have also produced their retained list with Grant Leadbitter, Josh Scowen, Max Power and Callum McFadzean amongst others departing the club.
Here, we take a look at the latest Sunderland transfer news and general talk from around League One:
Wigan Athletic want to re-sign Sunderland striker Will Grigg. Grigg, 29, still has a year left on his contract at the Stadium of Light following a £3million move from the Latics three seasons ago. (Sun on Sunday)
Portsmouth have placed Swindon Town midfielder Scott Twine high up on their list of potential transfer targets this summer as Danny Cowley plans changes to his squad. (Portsmouth News)
Sunderland star Elliot Embleton has spent the season half of the season on loan with Blackpool, who are said keen on a permanent deal for the 22-year–old. Embleton is now in the last year of his contract with the Black Cats and is said to be ‘unlikely’ to extend his stay at the Stadium of Light. (Sun on Sunday)
Former Sunderland boss Roy Keane has been 'blanked' by Scottish giants Celtic. The ex-Black Cats boss was interested in the vacancy but hasn't been considered by the Scottish Premiership side. (Sun on Sunday)
Ipswich Town want to sign Oxford United midfielder Mark Sykes. (Various)