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DEADLINE DAY: Sunderland make offer for ANOTHER Goalkeeper - is this a Lonergan backup plan?

Sunderland have made a loan offer for another goalkeeper - what does this mean for their pursuit of Andy Lonergan and the futures of Jason Steele and Robbin Ruiter?

Leicester City v Fleetwood Town - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay Photo by Rachel Holborn - CameraSport via Getty Images

It seemed certain that Andy Lonergan would be signing today, with Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen going as far to say that the stopper had asked to leave to join Sunderland, with the contract on offer and first team football to good to turn down. Chris Coleman also suggested that the deal should go through, albeit that it wasn’t ‘quite there yet’.

However reports coming out this lunch time suggest that the club have made a loan offer for Leicester City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.

Jakupovic was a regular for Hull City as they were relegated from the Premier League last season but after signing for Leicester has struggled for playing time, with starts in the two FA Cup third round games against Fleetwood Town his only appearances for the Midlands club.

Although this may mean the Lonergan deal has hit a snag, it also raises an interesting question regarding the immediate futures of Jason Steele and Robbin Ruiter.

Neither have impressed this season and with mistakes common place, could we see both Lonergan and Jakupovic come in to replace Simon Grayson’s summer signings?