Sunderland had been hoping to lure veteran Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp to the Stadium of Light but speaking on the Roker Rapport podcast - which you can listen to later today - Stewart Donald has ruled out a move for the 32-year-old.
Despite Sunderland being incredibly interested in the Blades captain, Sharp is happy to remain at Bramall Lane and with United more than happy to keep the prolific marksman, he won’t be joining the list of Jack Ross’ new recruits.
Sunderland’s enquiries into Sharp’s availability had prompted conversations between the player and his club, but Donald says that as a result he’s happy to remain with his hometown club beyond this summer.
Although Ross is keen on lower league pair Mohamed Eisa and Charlie Wyke, and are waiting to hear back from their clubs regarding bids Sunderland have made, the club still want to bring in another new striker on top of that duo.
And although that won’t be Sharp, we can still expect three new arrivals up front before the transfer window closes.