Sunderland completed the signings of Dylan McGeouch and Reece James yesterday - and will now set about finding clubs for the high earning foreign contingent of the squad - but that doesn’t mean the club won’t be pressing ahead with further incomings, with work underway to strengthen the striking department.
Jack Ross missed out on the signings of Florian Kamberi and Lyle Taylor, but as they are both tall strikers who are not atypical target men it may provide a clue as to what kind of forward we can expect the club to bring in next.
We understand that it won’t just be one forward in either, with the club looking to sign at least two strikers. Partly due to a belief at the club that Joel Asoro won’t sign a new contract, and with the 19-year-old having one-year remaining on his deal, it may mean the club have to cash in on the Swedish under-21 international.
Liverpool youngster signs
Sunderland also completed the signing of out of contract midfielder Jordan Hunter yesterday.
Hunter is expected to go straight into the under-23 Developmental squad but, speaking to safc.com, he hopes to be able to impress Ross enough that he’ll be considered for the first team before long:
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.
The 18-year-old had been a regular in Liverpool’s Academy side but was released at the end of the season.
He won’t be the only new arrival for the academy, with Roker Report understanding that there will be a few more new faces in the youth ranks in the near future.
Galatasaray reject Rodwell
Jack Rodwell is no longer a Sunderland player with the agreement to cancel his contract coming into affect from July 1.
Now he’s a free agent it hasn’t taken long for other clubs to be made aware of his availability, but that’s not something that interests Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim according to Fotospor, who rejected the opportunity to sign the future England central defender.
Loanee goes Dutch
It’s fair to say that Jake Clarke-Salter struggled in a Sunderland shirt last season after he joined on loan from Chelsea.
The defender is highly regarded and starred in England under-21’s Toulon Tournament victory over the summer, but often looked out of his depth at the Stadium of Light, highlighted by the red cards against Middlesbrough and Preston North End.
That’s not stopped him moving again this summer though, with the 20-year-old joining Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem on a season long loan deal. Hopefully he has more luck in the Netherlands than he did during his short spell with us!
Done deal! De 20-jarige Jake Clarke-Salter, linksbenige centrale verdediger, komt dit seizoen op huurbasis naar #Vitesse. Welkom bij onze club Jake! https://t.co/aiDiFIZtf5 pic.twitter.com/wW6wlnwS9y— Vitesse (@MijnVitesse) July 2, 2018