Sunderland handed potential transfer boost as promotion rivals receive £1.5m bid for star midfielder

The January transfer window is now in full swing – but which clubs are eyeing deals?
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Sunderland defeated Port Vale in the third round of the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night with goals from Aiden O’Brien and Aiden McGeady.

The Black Cats played Hull City in League One action last Saturday with the clash ending a 1-1 draw.

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The result leaves the Black Cats in 10th spot in League One, with 30 points from 19 played, eight points adrift of the automatic promotion positions.

The latest transfer gossip from around the web.The latest transfer gossip from around the web.
The latest transfer gossip from around the web.

But there’s also plenty of transfer talk ahead of an interesting transfer window for many clubs up and down the EFL pyramid.

So what’s the latest gossip surrounding Sunderland and their League One rivals?

As always, we’re sharing the latest rumours from around the third tier – so scroll down to see the latest news and talk from around the internet:

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Ipswich Town have set their sights on signing Preston North End’s former Manchester United midfielder Josh Harrop. The League One club are working on a January loan deal until the end of the season. (Football Insider)

Preston North End have agreed a few of £1.5m for Doncaster Rovers midfielder Ben Whiteman. (Football Insider)

Brentford are believed to be leading the race to sign Peterborough United winger Siriki Dembele. However, Celtic and Rangers also remain interested. (The Sun)

Blackburn Rovers under-23s goalkeeper Hilton joins the Fleetwood Town on a seven-day emergency loan. (Blackburn Rovers – official club account)

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In a potential boost for the Black Cats, St Johnstone won’t stop reported Sunderland target Scott Tanser returning to England amid interest from the League One outfit, manager Callum Davidson has explained.

He said: “If there was a good offer for him I obviously wouldn’t stop him going back down the road but there are a lot of things he’ll need to factor into the equation – one of them being he’s playing in a position he really likes, wing-back. (The Courier)

Celtic have joined the Kyle Joseph transfer chase as Scottish champions eye another cross-border signing. The Wigan Athletic striker has was being eyed by Rangers too but the latest reports have suggested otherwise. (Daily Record)