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ROKER ROUNDUP: Sunderland ‘readying bid’ for League Two midfielder ahead of deadline day drama

Reports in the media claim that Sunderland are keen on signing Tranmere Rovers midfielder Oliver Norburn, and are readying a bid for the 25-year old ahead of the transfer deadline on Thursday.

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Waghorn battles heats up

Sunderland academy product Martyn Waghorn is a wanted man, and it had looked as if he was on his way to Middlesbrough after they agreed a fee with Ipswich for the striker, but it now looks as if Boro will lose out on the 28-year-old.

According to John Percy of the Telegraph, Derby have matched Boro’s bid for Waghorn and are now favourites for his signature, with the striker poised for a medical with the Rams later today.

However that’s not the end of the story, as the Sheffield Star claims that Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United will re-enter the race for Waghorn and the Blades are reportedly ‘investigating ways to sweeten the deal’ for Ipswich.

The report states that Wilder hopes that the Blades’ long standing interest in the player will persuade him to switch to Bramall Lane.


Tranmere midfielder linked

Lee Cattermole looks likely to leave Sunderland before the transfer window closes, although Sunderland may need to use the August 31 deadline for loan signings in order to shift the midfielder.

Another midfielder is already high on the wanted list for Jack Ross - but only if or when the former skipper departs - and according to Pete O’Rourke, that midfielder may be OIiver Norburn of Tranmere Rovers.

The League Two club have reportedly fielded enquiries from Sunderland about the 25-year-old, who is also said to be interesting MK Dons and Shrewsbury (who are set to lose star midfielder Jon Nolan to Ipswich Town).

Tranmere appear keen to keep the player, who played a starring role as they were promoted back into the Football League last season, but the report claims that they are braced for official offers before Thursday’s transfer deadline.


Brotherton makes Blyth debut

Sunderland under-23 defender Sam Brotherton made his debut for loan club Blyth Spartans at the weekend.

The New Zealand international went straight into the starting line-up despite only signing for Blyth on Friday, but was unable to prevent Hereford United winning 3-0 in their National League North clash.

Harry White gave the home side the lead on the half-hour mark, and Hereford doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. That 2-0 deficit saw the already booked Brotherton substituted at half-time as Blyth made an attacking change, but that was to no avail as Hereford ran out comfortable winners.

Sam Brotherton (back-right) in action for Blyth