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Roker Roundup: ‘No approach made’ for Sunderland-linked Championship striker

Sunderland have been linked with a move for Sheffield Wednesday striker Sam Winnall, but it appears that those rumours are baseless as his manager has moved to shun news of any potential departures.

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No Winnall approach

Sunderland have been linked with a host of strikers since the transfer window opened, as Phil Parkinson looks to add goals to his side’s attack.

One striker rumoured to be on Parkinson’s wanted list is Sheffield Wednesday’s Sam Winnall but according to Owls’ boss Garry Monk, there is no news in regards to outgoings at Hillsbrough.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Monk says there has been no approaches whatsoever so far this window for any of his players:

On that side of it, for any player, you only have to consider stuff in terms of players going out when there’s actually something to consider.

We’ve had no approaches for our players whatsoever, there’s nothing to consider. And that goes for every single player.

Again, those things come out. I dunno where they really come from. Conversations between me and the players remain between me and the players.

But, like any team, you only have something to consider when there is actually something in front of you. We’ve had no offers whatsoever or anything like that for our players in terms of outgoings.

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Quinn dismisses CEO role rumours

Sunderland legend Niall Quinn has been strongly linked with the chief executive role at the Irish FA but despite welcoming recent appointments to the FAI’s board, Quinn ruled out the possibility of joining them as CEO.

Although he would be willing to help out in a role that better fits him, Quinn does not believe he has the capabilities to restructure the beleaguered FAi:

I have said that all along that I would love to help out, but this doesn’t need what I can offer as a CEO.

It needs a restructuring expert and somebody who can go in and really give Government confidence that the administrative side of the business is back in great shape again. That’s going to take some time.

I’ve no idea who might end up doing it, but I wouldn’t think I have the skill set required. If there is a role I can be used in, though, in a capacity that somehow helps to restore trust from all of the stakeholders, be it from the commercial world or from the grassroots or elite game in this country, that I can come in and use what skill sets I have, I would gladly do it.

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Borini finds new club

Fabio Borini has been out of favour at AC Milan for the majority of the season, last featuring for the club back in August.

Since then he has been consistently linked with Crystal Palace and Genoa but he will instead head to Hellas Verona.

The news was announced on Instagram by Borini’s agent, former Sunderland director of football Roberto De Fanti.

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Another former Black Cat heading to Cyprus?

Former Sunderland forward David Moberg Karlsson moved to Sparta Prague last year after a starring spell with IFK Norrkoping in his homeland.

The move has not quite worked out for the Swedish international though and the 25-year-old has found himself on the sidelines for the majority of the season.

That has led to him being linked with a move away and one club said to be interested is Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia, who already have two former Black Cats in Jordi Gomez and Charis Mavrias.