Sunderland agreed a fee - thought to be around £700,000 - with Reading last week for the transfer of George Evans, but since that agreement was made the player has remained with the Berkshire club in their pre-season training camp in Austria.
Speaking after the 6-0 win over Saint Mirren yesterday, Jack Ross said the move is now dependent on Evans:
Evans I think is agreed between the clubs, that comes down to the player.
The club has met the personal demands of the player but the move is now in jeopardy due to the 23-year-old hoping to keep his options open, and possibly remain in the Championship. There had been talk of Derby County coming in for the midfielder, but as Frank Lampard’s team are not actually interested, Evans is either stuck with Reading for the time being or agrees to move to Sunderland.
While Evans may want to wait before deciding his future, Sunderland are pressing on with alternative targets just in case this one doesn’t happen.