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Roker Roundup: Edin Dzeko to... Sunderland? Really?! & Mackems break Wycombe gate receipt record

In today’s Roker Roundup: Sunderland are linked AGAIN with... Edin Dzeko (wtf), Josh Kelly wants to fight at the SOL, and Wycombe have announced that they broke their record for takings when we visited last month.

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Unlikely transfer link

With the end of the season drawing ever closer, transfer rumours will start coming to the fore and yesterday a very unlikely rumour popped up.

According to reports in Italy, Sunderland are one of a number of clubs interested in Roma striker Edin Dzeko, as the Italians consider moving on the 33-year-old after a less than stellar season.

The reports claim that Everton, West Ham United, Fenerbahce and some Chinese clubs are also interested in the Bosnian international.

Dzeko moving to a club who currently reside in League One seems rather unlikely and with our horse punching neighbours recently linked with a move for the striker by Gazzetta dello Sport, it’s likely that this fanciful rumour is is a case of mistaken identity.

One to ignore.

FC Porto v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Boxer hopes for Stadium of Light bout

Sunderland’s Josh Kelly is a rising star in the world of boxing, with the welterweight having an unbeaten 8-0 record in the professional ranks after a successful amateur career that saw him represent Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics.

Kelly had a spell at the Academy of Light as a youngster, where he says he dreamed of one day playing at the Stadium of Light for Sunderland but is now hoping to go one better and have a world title fight at the SoL:

Fighting at the Stadium of Light would be out of this World, the Sunderland lads have always backed me throughout my career and I’d love to have an opportunity to repay their loyal support. They haven’t had much to shout about in recent times, so I’d love to put a smile back on their faces!

Hopefully we can do something up there in the future. A World title fight in my home city would obviously be the dream and it’s something I’m striving for every day. When I was at the Sunderland Academy I always thought I’d play at the stadium one day, but to fight there for a World title would be even better.

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - Cruiserweight World Title Fight Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Record takings for Wycombe

Last month’s feisty 1-1 League One draw with Wycombe Wanderers gave The Chairboys their highest ever match-day spend.

The official attendance for the game was 8,422, with 2,723 fans from Sunderland and in Wycombe’s latest fans forum, the club announced that the game had resulted in their highest ever match-day takings.

Despite that record spend, Wycombe admitted that they need to improve stewarding resources, as well as providing more facilities for food and drink when big crowds are expected.

Wycombe also revealed during the meeting that 40 seats had been broken across the two stands allocated to Sunderland fans.

Sunderland AFC via Getty Images