Sunderland boss Jack Ross responds to links with Peterborough star Marcus Maddison

Jack Ross refused to be drawn on whether Peterborough United ace Marcus Maddison was a name targeted by Sunderland – as the Black Cats prepare to face the in-form attacker this weekend.

The former Newcastle United youngster has been heavily linked with a move to the Stadium of Light – with speculation only fuelled by Darragh MacAnthony’s claims earlier this week that Sunderland were offered the chance to trigger his £2.5million release clause.

That led head of football operations, Richard Hill, to hint that the Black Cats may revisit the deal in the summer, when Maddison’s contract expired.

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But Ross wouldn’t reveal whether Maddison was – or will be – a target for him, stating that the club keep tabs on a number of players.

Marcus Maddison has been linked with Sunderland - yet againMarcus Maddison has been linked with Sunderland - yet again
Marcus Maddison has been linked with Sunderland - yet again

“It’s something that I wouldn’t comment on,” says the Sunderland boss.

“I do try and be fairly transparent in my communication but equally we spend a lot of time looking at a lot of players over a long period of time.

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“We build up a portfolio, if you like, of players that we believe would be a good fit in certain circumstances.

“To comment on each and every one of them that is reported via social media – I would be here an awful long time.”

Ross is eyeing just one more deal before the transfer window closes at 5pm on Monday, September 2 – with cover at left-back needed.

Swansea full-back Declan John is the latest name linked with the Black Cats.