Sunderland 'rival' Burnley for Manchester United youngster; Cats star tipped to sign new deal

It’s Sunday, which usually means it is prime time for League One transfer gossip.

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 4:30 pm
Sunderland star Luke O'Nien. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

We take a look at the latest rumours surrounding Sunderland:

Sunderland reportedly want Manchester United youngster

Sunderland and Burnley want to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Jacob Carney.

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That’s according to The Sun, who claims the Carney has been earmarked as an option to bolster their under-21s sides.

The 20-year-old is currently on loan Portadown and has played 22 times for the Northern Irish club.

Their season is due to come to an end later this month with Carney out-of-contract in Old Trafford having been there since 2017.

Luke O’Nien tipped to land new Sunderland contract

Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips has tipped Luke O’Nien to be offered a new contract after being named in the League One Team of the Year.

O’Nien is out-of-contract this summer but remains a huge fans favourite and a regular in Lee Johnson’s starting XI.

His versatility has earned him a place in the team of the season alongside teammates Charlie Wyke, Aiden McGeady and Lee Burge.

Phillips has labelled O’Nien “Mr Sunderland” and says it is a “no brainer” to hand him a new deal.

However, Phillips is fearful that if Johnson’s men aren’t promoted, the 26-year-old will attract Championship interest.

“O’Nien is Mr. Sunderland,” he told Football Insider.

“He is so versatile and Lee Johnson can always rely on him to perform no matter what position he plays him in.

“He seems like a great lad in and around the dressing room as well and you need players at your football club like that. O’Nien has shown his qualities this season.

“It would not cost the world to give him a new deal so it is a no brainer for me. I’m sure there will be an offer on the table. He loves the club.

“My only worry is if Sunderland don’t go up. He might feel like he needs to play at a higher level at his age.

"There will be all sorts of scenarios in the summer if they don’t go up. If they do go up, I think they will definitely tie O’Nien down.”

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