Sunderland transfer target heading to Wearside to 'complete the formalities' of January switch

Sunderland transfer target Bailey Wright will today head to Wearside to 'complete the formalities' of his January switch, say reports.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 9:09 am

As reported by the Echo, Wright is one of Phil Parkinson’s main transfer targets this month having fallen down the pecking order under Lee Johnson and he is due to make a permanent move to Wearside.

And now Bristol Live report Wright – who wasn’t involved at the weekend – is due in the North East to complete his move.

They report: “As we understand, Wright is either travelling or will travel to Sunderland on Monday to complete the formalities of his deal with the Black Cats which is set to be a permanent transfer with a minimal fee.

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Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson.

“The Australian international is out of contract this summer and with no talks initiated by the club, his future was decided some time ago with Luton Town among the other teams chasing his signature.”

On Saturday Parkinson insisted Sunderland are ‘closing in’ on new signings and confirmed his interest in Wright.

Parkinson is looking to further strengthen this month following the January capture of Kyle Lafferty.

The ex-Rangers and Hearts striker has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Parkinson didn’t confirm any names but he did confirm interest in Bristol City skipper Wright, who is thought to be closing in on a permanent move to the Stadium of Light.

When quizzed on Wright, Parkinson told the Echo: “He is one player we have looked at.

“We want to make sure we have the squad as strong as possible.”