Waghorn set to join Egan?
After breaking their transfer record late last week when they signed Sunderland academy product John Egan in a £4m deal, Sheffield United may break it again after they made a bid of £5m for another Sunderland academy product, Martyn Waghorn.
Although the bid is short of Ipswich Town’s valuation it has not yet been rejected, giving Blades’ boss Chris Wilder hope that they will get their man:
Everyone knows we’re interested, it’s out there now, so there’s no point in not talking about it, we’ve put something to them and it’s still there on the table.
We’ll leave it there and see what happens, see what their thoughts on it are. Listen, if we’re talking the figures I’ve been reading about, between eight and ten million, then it won’t be happening.
But we’ve put forward something we think is good, reasonable and sensible. We’ve not really heard anything back as such yet. So we’ll just leave the bid in there with them.
Waghorn was sold to Leicester City back in 2010, as Sunderland looked to raise funds and free up space to complete a then club record move for Asamoah Gyan.
Sunderland had been credited with an interest in Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp but with the striker appearing to be happy at Bramall Lane, that interest ended last week. Whether Waghorn’s possible arrival will change the status quo remains to be seen.
McClean moves to Stoke
James McClean has completed a £5m move from West Bromwich Albion to Championship rivals Stoke City. The 29-year-old has signed a four-year contract with Gary Rowett’s men.
The controversial winger signed for Sunderland in 2011 for a fee of £350,000 but only spent two seasons at the Stadium of Light before being sold to Wigan. After joining West Brom in 2015, he made 111 appearances for the Baggies, scoring five goals.
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The Potters have paid an initial £5million for the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland winger, although the fee could rise to £6million with add-ons.
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Larsson makes debut
After a 17-year spell in England, starting back in 2001 when he joined Arsenal, Seb Larsson made the first Allsvenkan appearance of his career when he started for new club AIK in their game against Brommapojkarna.
Larsson started but with his team 4-1 up at the time, was substituted with 22 minutes left to play, after only recently returning from World Cup duty with Sweden. AIK ran out 5-1 winners and stretched their unbeaten start to the league season to 15 games.