Sunderland have flown out to Portugal for a pre-season training camp - an ideal opportunity for new signings to bed into the squad, and a great opportunity for new manager Jack Ross to start implementing his methods upon his players.
So far only four newbies have arrived at the club - Jon McLaughlin, Alim Ozturk, Chris Maguire and Tom Flanagan - but they should be joined by a couple of new faces on Monday, with the club hoping to wrap up the signings of a midfielder and a left-back.
It’s no secret that the midfielder is Scottish international midfielder Dylan McGeouch. The club had hoped to have completed the signing by now, but the transfer was delayed over the weekend due to the player attending a family member’s wedding.
The move will be a bit of a coup for Jack Ross, with the player being in the SPFL Premiership Team of the Year and was voted as both the Hibs’ Player of the Year and their Player’s Player of the Year last season.
As noted earlier, we also understand that the club are hoping to unveil a left-back too.
The club had agreed a loan deal with Manchester United for Cameron Borthwick-Jackson but it’s thought that Jack Ross had another target in mind for that position, so we’ll have to wait and see whether the new manager got his man or whether the deal to sign Borthwick-Jackson goes ahead.
Although the club are hopeful of completing both transfers on Monday, if they are delayed then they will still be expected to sign in time to fly out to Portugal to meet up with their new team-mates.