Sunderland AFC transfer rumours: Lee Johnson lining-up swoop for international winger as George Honeyman discusses this 'issue'
Sunderland may be unsure of their divisional status ahead of next season – but that hasn’t stopped the transfer rumour mill from starting to turn.
The Black Cats remain intent on sealing a spot in the Championship ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, with eight games left to play in a dramatic end to the season.
But while the club’s focus remains solely on the pitch, transfer targets are already being mooted.
Here’s the latest gossip from around the Stadium of Light and around League One:
Sunderland and Preston North End keen on Gwion Edwards
Sunderland are reportedly lining-up a summer move for Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards.
The 28-year-old, who was also linked with the Black Cats in the winter transfer window, is out of contract at Portman Road in the summer and is thought to be attracting interest from several clubs.
Indeed, Football Insider claim that both Sunderland and Preston North End are keen on Edwards - who has scored five goals and provided four assists this season.
Formerly of Crawley Town, Peterborough United and Swansea City, Edwards also has International honours at under-19 and under-21 level with Wales. He also been called up to the senior squad on two occasions – in 2014 and 2018.
Speaking earlier this month, the winger said his focus wasn’t on his future.
"I've always been playing for my future, so me being out of contract is obviously in the back of my mind, but it's not something I'm worried about,” he admitted, speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times.
"My main concentration is to try and push as a team and as a club to get into the play-offs.”
George Honeyman admits Netflix cameras became an ‘issue’
George Honeyman says that the Netflix cameras at the Academy of Light did become an issue for Sunderland’s players.
The Hull City midfielder was speaking to FourFourTwo after being named as League One’s best player in their annual feature.
And he was quizzed on how he perceived the two series of ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ – in which he heavily featured.
"It was a bit like being in Big Brother," he said.
"Even though they said they would never use anything in the show without our knowledge, you never feel that comfortable about being taped 24/7, so that was a bit of an issue for us as players."
"The two series were quite different experiences, actually.The first was a lot more intense; there were GoPros round the building and we had to do a lot more interviews.
"The second series was a bit better though, as it was more like standard media duties - there’d be a 15 minute interview after training and that was it.
“Everyone who is into football seems to have watched the documentary so yeah, it does spring up from time to time with teammates at Hull City.
"I've not actually seen the documentary myself, funnily enough - only the first episode of each series. I know what happens in them, of course, as I was in them!"