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.
Sunderland have made a bid to take goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic on loan from Leicester. They're willing to pay his wages in full until the end of the season. Derby have also enquired. Forest's offer for Jakupovic was knocked back on Monday #safc #lcfc #dcfc #nffc #deadlineday— Mr Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) January 31, 2018
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?