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Roker Roundup: George Honeyman Hull fee revealed - with club set to make £500k saving on wages

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The bid that Sunderland have accepted from Hull to sign George Honeyman will see the club net a decent sum of money - including a saving of around half a million on the wage bill.

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Up to £500,000 for Honeyman

Reports emerged yesterday that Sunderland had accepted a bid for club captain George Honeyman from Championship outfit Hull City.

Those reports are true with the club accepting a bid of £250,000 up front for the academy product, with a further £250,000 in potential add-ons.

Honeyman had a year left on his Sunderland contract and was one of the higher earners at the club after the departures of Lee Cattermole and Bryan Oviedo, with his departure trimming approximately £500,000 off the wage bill.

Sunderland already have an abundance of midfielders, with Jack Ross able to call on Grant Leadbitter, Dylan McGeouch, Max Power, Ethan Robson, George Dobson and Luke O’Nien for the central positions.

Elliot Embleton is likely to be given a chance to stake a claim in the number 10 position, Ruben Sammut has impressed since joining the club in the summer and highly-rated youngsters Bali Mumba and Dan Neil are waiting in reserve.

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Johnstone heads North

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Max Johnstone has signed for Scottish Premiership side St. Johnstone on a one-year-deal.

Sunderland released the player in the summer and he then linked up with Leeds United on trial in an attempt to find a new club but has now signed become the Scottish club’s fourth summer signing.

Johnstone spent last year in Sunderland’s development squad, after previously being on the books of Manchester United - alongside his brother and current West Bromwich Albion number one Sam.


Meyler released

Ex-Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has been released by Reading after only a year with the club.

The Irish international signed for the club last summer but played five times before being sent out on-loan to League One Coventry City in the second half of last season.

His time with the Sky Blues was hampered by injuries however, with a dislocated shoulder in a game against Bristol Rovers in early April ending his season prematurely.

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