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Ins and Outs: All of Sunderland’s confirmed transfer activity in one handy little place

ALL of Sunderland’s transfer activity recorded in one handy little place. We’ll be constantly updating this list right across the summer, so get it bookmarked!

With a huge turnover of players underway at the Stadium of Light, we thought we’d take the opportunity to document all the confirmed comings and goings in one place to make it easier to track who exactly will be turning out for Sunderland next season and who has taken a step back in their career by leaving the club.


Name: Alim Ozturk

Position: Centre-back

Age: 25

Fee: Free transfer

Details: Ozturk is a former Turkey u-21 international who was a free agent after leaving Turkish second division side Boluspor. He signed a two-year deal, is 6’3” and has been known to bang in goals from distance. Knows Jack Ross from his time at Hearts when Ross was the u21 manager at Tynecastle.

Jack Ross says:

“He is a really good player and he will be able to cope with the physical demands of this league. He is really comfortable on the ball and I think the supporters will see that. He is excited by the opportunity to come here and he wants to do well so that fits perfectly in to what we are trying to do here moving forward.”

Name: Jon McLaughlin

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 30

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: McLaughlin joins from Hearts after his contract expired at Tynecastle, he made his full Scotland debut at the beginning of June and was in the SPFL Premiership Team of the Season. He joined Hearts from Burton Albion where he had experience of League One, and even got into the EFL League One Team of the Year in the 2015-16 season.

Jack Ross says:

“He’s a really good signing for us because he will bring security and stability to that position, as well as experience to the team, and play a key role moving forward.”

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Name: Chris Maguire

Position: Attacking midfield/Winger/Striker

Age: 29

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Maguire joins Sunderland after an unsuccessful season at Bury. He did however have a very successful stint at Oxford United before that, including getting double figures for goals and assists in League One during the 2016-17 season. Has two international caps for Scotland.

Jack Ross says:

“I know how hard he works off the ball, which is a big part of the way I play, and he has proven quality in the final third in terms of goals and assists. I think he’s one supporters will take to and he’s really excited about coming here.”

Name: Tom Flanagan

Position: Centre-back/Left-back/Right-back

Age: 26

Fee: Free Transfer, but with sell-on clause for Burton Albion

Details: Flanagan joins Sunderland after being transfer listed by Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough after the club joined us in being relegated to League One. A defender who can play all across the back four, he’s a full Northern Ireland international after making his senior bow last July.

Jack Ross says:

“He can help us improve as a team beyond that, what he gives me as a manager is really good versatility because he can play anywhere across the back four which will be important as the season goes on.”

Name: Dylan McGeouch

Position: Central Midfield

Age: 25

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: A full international who made his debut for Scotland back in May, McGeouch was named in the SPFL team of the year, as well as being named the Hibs’ Player of the Year and their Players’ Player of the Year. The 25-year-old had been linked with moves to Rangers, Aberdeen, QPR and Blackburn Rovers but joins Sunderland on a free transfer after his contract expired at Hibernian.

Jack Ross says:

“Dylan has been really good for Hibernian and that’s culminated in him earning international recognition.

There were a lot of teams interested in him because he’s at a good stage in his career and he’s absolutely desperate to come down to England and show people how good a player he is. The fans will like him because he’s got a lot of quality.”

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Name: Jordan Hunter

Position: Central Midfield

Age: 18

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Central midfielder Hunter was released by Liverpool last season after representing their under-18 side but will make the step up to Sunderland’s under-23 development squad.

Player says:

“I’ve met a few of the lads already and I was straight into training this morning, it’s been a real whirlwind. I’m hoping to do well for the under-23s this season and I’d like to eventually push on and give Jack Ross something to think about when he comes to picking the team.”

Name: Reece James

Position: Left-back

Age: 24

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: James joins Sunderland after his contract expired at last season’s League One champions Wigan Athletic. The 24-year-old came through the ranks at Manchester United and had loan spells at Carlisle United, Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town before joining Wigan in 2015.

Jack Ross says:

“Reece played a big part in Wigan’s promotion last year and he has good pedigree from his time with Manchester United earlier in his career.

He’s another new signing who is at a good age, and he’s very good in the final third which will be a big for us next season as we try to get our full-backs high up the park.”

Name: Jack Bainbridge

Position: Centre-back

Age: 20

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Bainbridge started in Everton’s academy before signing for Swansea City last year, after being released in the summer he was snapped up by Sunderland and, like Jordan Hunter, will initially feature for the club’s development squad.

Name: Glenn Loovens

Position: Centre-back

Age: 34

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Loovens joins the club from Sheffield Wednesday where he spent the majority of time as club captain, the central defender made 131 league appearances for the Owls. He has also appeared for Cardiff City, Celtic, Feyenoord and has two caps for the Netherlands.

Jack Ross says:

“When we sign a player we have to think carefully about why we’re recruiting them, and we have quite a young squad so we need players with leadership qualities and experience.

Glenn has all of that in abundance, plus he’s looked after himself physically and his recent playing history is very good in terms of the amount of games he’s played.

It’s also a position where we need strength in depth, so he ticks a lot of boxes.”

Name: Jerome Sinclair

Position: Forward

Age: 21

Fee: Loan

Details: A versatile forward, the 21-year-old has joined on a season-long loan from Premier League side Watford. Was signed in 2016 on a five-year contract at Vicarage Road after his contract expired at Liverpool. Previously had loan spells with Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City.

Jack Ross says:

“We need more players in the forward areas and Jerome is somebody who fits into that bracket, as he can play in multiple positions across the front line.

I’m pleased to get him in and he’s at a stage in his career where he needs to play games, so he’s hungry to prove himself and he’s got a big opportunity here to do that.”

Name: Max Johnstone

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 19

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Signed by Manchester United from Fleetwood Town’s academy back in 2016, Johnstone joins Sunderland on a one-year deal after his contract at Old Trafford expired. The 19-year-old is the younger brother of England under-21 star Sam and had been on trial at the Academy of Light for most of pre-season.

Paul Reid says:

“His attitude has been brilliant since he came in and it has been nice to see him improve over the weeks. He is a good size and character, and he is someone we think can develop.”

Name: Jack Baldwin

Position: Centre-back

Age: 25

Fee: £200,000

Details: Baldwin signs from Peterborough United where he was their club captain. He spent four years at London Road after signing from Hartlepool United and made 118 appearances for the club. Primarily a centre-back, the 25-year-old can also provide cover at right-back and in central midfield.

Jack Ross says:

“Jack is proven in this league and he’s at a good age with his best years ahead of him, and he has a hunger to improve and do well.

He sees this as a big opportunity and has the core attributes we have been looking for.”

Name: Luke O’Nien

Position: Centre midfield

Age: 23

Fee: Undisclosed

Details: Central midfielder O’Nien signed from Wycombe Wanderers on a two-year deal. He came through the ranks at Watford before linking up with the Chairboys and played a vital role last season - notching up nine goals from midfield - as Wycombe were automatically promoted to League One.

Jack Ross says:

“Luke is someone who the fans will enjoy watching play because he has ridiculously high energy levels.”

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Name: Charlie Wyke

Position: Striker

Age: 25

Fee: Undisclosed

Details: Wyke joins Sunderland on a three-year deal off the back of a successful 18-month spell with Bradford City where he scored 23 goals and provided 13 assists. A product of Middlesbrough’s academy, he had loan spells with Hartlepool United, AFC Wimbledon and Kettering Town before leaving Boro for Carlisle United without making a senior appearance. Spent two years at Carlisle and 38 goals in that period saw Bradford pay £250,000 for his services.

Jack Ross says:

“I’m naturally delighted, it was well documented that we’d pursued him for a while.

We had to remain patient, it would have been easy to move on quickly because you run the risk of potentially missing out on other players, but we always believed we’d get him, he wanted to come here as well which was an important part of it.”

Name: Max Power

Position: Centre Midfield

Age: 25

Fee: Loan

Details: Max signed for Sunderland on a loan deal until January from Wigan Athletic. The midfielder signed on deadline day but missed the deadline, so the loan will become permanent once the January transfer window opens. Started his career with Tranmere Rovers and captained his hometown club at every level before leaving for Wigan in July 2015.

Jack Ross says:

“Max gives us a little bit more of a presence physically – box to box – and gives us more balance within the squad.

He’s got very recent experience when it comes to winning and being successful in this league and knows what it takes to get out of it.”


Name: Tom Beadling

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Joined Scottish Championship side Dunfermline after his Sunderland contract expired.

Name: Fabio Borini

Fee: £5,500,000

Details: Joined AC Milan on loan last summer, and a clause in the loan contract saw the striker join the Italians on a permanent deal.

Name: Jordan Hickey

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Young midfielder Hickey joined Championship side Hull City’s development squad after being released by Sunderland.

Name: Billy Jones

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Jones was released by Sunderland after his contract expired and joined Championship side Rotherham United on a two-year deal.

Name: Jeremain Lens

Fee: £6,000,000

Details: Like Borini, joined his loan club - Besiktas - on a permanent deal due to a clause in his contract.

Name: Kazenga LuaLua

Fee: Released

Details: Sunderland released LuaLua after his contract expired, yet to find a new club.

Name: Paddy McNair

Fee: £5,000,000

Details: Joined Middlesbrough after his agent made it clear that he would never play for the club in League One.

Name: John O’Shea

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Joined Championship outfit Reading on a one-year deal after Jack Ross decided against offering him a new contract.

Name: Jack Rodwell

Fee: Released

Details: Despite Rodwell having one year remaining on his Sunderland contract, the new owners negotiated a deal with the player to terminate his contract early.

Name: Jason Steele

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Steele still had three years remaining on his contract but allowed him to join Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer to get his wages off the books following relegation to League One.

Name: Marc Wilson

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Released by Sunderland at the end of his contract, Wilson signed a one-year deal with Bolton Wanderers.

Name: Josh Robson

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Released by Sunderland at the end of his contract, Robson joined Norwegian club Notodden FK on a permanent deal after a brief loan spell.

Name: Sam Greenwood

Fee: Undisclosed fee

Details: 16-year-old striker Greenwood rejected Sunderland’s offer of scholarship terms and opted to join Premier League side Arsenal.

Name: Michael Woud

Fee: Undisclosed

Details: New Zealand international goalkeeper Woud joins Eredivisie side Willem II after expressing a wish to leave the club.

Name: Joel Asoro

Fee: £2,500,000

Details: Asoro joined Championship outfit Swansea City on a four-year deal for a fee of £2m rising to £2.5m.

Name: Wahbi Khazri

Fee: £9,000,000

Details: The captain of the Tunisian national team joins Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne on a permanent deal for a fee of £6m rising to £9m with add-ons.

Name: Callum McManaman

Fee: Undisclosed fee

Details: The winger made it known he was keen to return to the club where he started his career once they showed interest.

Name: Daniel Wright

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Had been on trial at Championship side Bolton Wanderers but the former England youth international signed a permanent deal with South Shields after he was released by Sunderland at the end of the season.

Name: Lamine Koné

Fee: Loan

Details: Koné joins RC Strasbourg on a season-long loan deal which will see the Ligue 1 club pay a loan fee to Sunderland, all the defender’s wages and have an option to make the deal permanent next summer.

Name: Sam Brotherton

Fee: Loan

Details: Sunderland under-23 defender and New Zealand international Brotherton has joined Blyth Spartans on a season-long loan deal.

Name: Jean-Yves Poame

Fee: Free Transfer

Details: Academy product and Irish youth international Poame was released by Sunderland in the summer but has signed a one-year deal with League of Ireland side Cabinteely FC.

There were also a number of academy players that were released, they will be added to the list as and when they find new clubs.

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