Sunderland close in on statement signing as Leeds United suffer transfer blow - plus Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday updates
Sunderland’s transfer activity is starting to ramp-up – with the Black Cats still targeting a host of new signings ahead of the big kick-off on August 7.
Having allowed seven players to depart at the end of the 2020/21 season, and with Charlie Wyke’s exit now confirmed, the club’s transfer team are facing a significant rebuilding job.
But with one statement signing thought to be close, Sunderland will be hopeful that further deals will follow.
So far, the only senior addition made by the club this summer has been the signing of former Manchester United youngster Jacob Carney.
But head coach Lee Johnson said at the weekend that he hoped two deals could be completed this week.
When asked whether Sunderland were bidding for free agents or contracted players, he added: “Both. I would say you look at what type of bid you can make, you can make transfer, a trade if you like, you’ve got a free agent that’s on the market that’s been released and you can do a bit more with that one.
"You can get them in, you can give them a thorough medical, you can run them and have a look and then of course you’ve got loan bids. There’s two or three of those.
"Probably more than that to be honest, actually pending, so not a million miles away on probably at least three signings so I’d expect definitely two to come through the door next week."
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