Sunderland AFC transfer rumours: Cats linked with Derby defender as ex-Norwich and Cardiff man holds talks with Championship rivals

Sunderland are closing in on the signing of Arsenal centre-back Daniel Ballard – while the Black Cats are also looking to strengthen in other positions.

Here are some of the latest Sunderland-related transfer rumours from around the web:

Derby defender linked

Sunderland’s squad is also short of full-backs ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Sunderland have been credited with interest in Derby full-back Craig Forsyth. (Photo by James Gill/Getty Images)

The Black Cats have now been credited with interest in Derby left-back Craig Forsyth, who is set to leave Pride Park when his contract expires this summer.

A report in Cyprus via Goal.com.cy, has claimed Cypriot club APOEL are weighing up a move for the 33-year-old, who has been capped three times by Scotland.

The report goes on to say that Sunderland are also interested in the defender.

Reported target in talks with Championship rivals

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Another player who has been linked with Sunderland this summer is winger Josh Murphy.

The 27-year-old is set to leave Cardiff when his contract expires this summer, following a disappointing loan spell at Preston last season.

Cardiff paid Norwich a reported £11million fee for Murphy in 2018, and the winger has gone on to make 99 appearances for the Bluebirds.

Yet despite the Sunderland links, a report from Football Insider has claimed Huddersfield are in talks to sign Murphy on a free transfer.

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Xhemajli close to Turkey switch

Finally, former Sunderland defender Arbenit Xhemajli is expected to sign for Turkish side Goztepe SK on a free transfer.

It was announced at the end of last season that the 24-year-old would leave Wearside when his contract expires this summer.

According to Turkish outlet Ulusal, Goztepe are closing in on a deal to sign the Kosovan centre-back.