Wright on his way, Semenyo waiting
The Bristol Post have given an update on the futures of Bristol City duo Bailey Wright and Antoine Semenyo, who have both been strongly linked with a move to the Stadium of Light.
According to the Post, Wright has either already arrived on Wearside to complete his move to Sunderland or will arrive today ahead of his impending move.
They say that the centre-back and the Robins’ club captain will join Sunderland on a permanent deal for a minimal fee.
Semenyo is also likely to leave Ashton Gate this month - on loan - but his move has been delayed while Lee Johnson looks for a replacement, and due to City needing to make a decision on which club would be the better move for him.
The forward would be under more pressure should he move to Sunderland and would not be a guaranteed starter, but at Doncaster Rovers he would be under less pressure and would be more certain of first team minutes.
Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty joined Shrewsbury Town on-loan last season and was such a success that he was named the club’s player of the year.
With the 23-year-old down the pecking order at Ibrox this season, he is likely to head out on loan this month and Shrewsbury’s CEO Brian Caldwell has admitted that his club have held talks with the player as they look to get him to return to the New Meadow.
Despite those talks, Caldwell says Docherty is most likely to head to Sunderland during this transfer window.
Caldwell also mentioned that one of Shrewsbury’s players, who Sunderland had a bid rejected for last season, would be allowed to leave if the right offer came in.
Fejiri Okenabirhie was the subject of a last minute deadline day offer from Stewart Donald last January, which Shrewsbury rejected, but with the player out of favour with manager Sam Ricketts, he’s expected to leave this month.
Caldwell said his club has received interested in the 23-year-old forward from Doncaster Rovers and an unnamed League One club but as yet no offers have been forthcoming:
We’ve had interest from Doncaster and another League One club contacted me on Saturday morning but that’s not been taken any further forward as yet.
At the end of the day Fejiri’s disappointed with the lack of game time and if the right opportunity comes up for him that suits all parties then we’ll have to look at it.
There’s no point keeping a player that hasn’t had enough game time and wants to play elsewhere. That’s a conversation we’ve had for a couple of months now.
We’ve got a lot of firepower and Fejiri’s the one that’s missed out.
Meanwhile, former Scotland international Jackie McNamara believes a move to the Stadium of Light will be good for Docherty:
Yeah, Sunderland are a big club, yes they’ve had a few managers and a couple of relegations over the last few years and don’t have the same pull financially, but still a good fan base and a good stadium.
They’re a passionate lot down there, so yeah that be a good move for him as it’s still a big club.
Obviously they need to get out of the division, and they’ll be under pressure on every game and it’ll be good for him to learn to handle that if he is to have a future at Rangers.
Sunderland aren’t a League One club, they’re special, yes they’re in that division, but they’re not a League One club in any shape or form.
I can understand he may want to play higher in the Championship as it’s different than League One and League Two.
Obviously a lot of players from Rangers and Celtic have gone down there (England) and made good names for themselves, like how Charlie Adam went down to Blackpool and Liverpool, after not getting the opportunity they would have liked.
So it could be a good platform for him.
Welsh international linked
Sunderland are one of a number of clubs to have been linked with Welsh international midfielder Will Vaulks.
The Cardiff City player has also been linked with a move to Bristol City and Stoke City according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
Vaulks only signed for Cardiff in the summer from Rotherham United but has only featured 12 times for them in all competitions, and has mostly found himself consigned to the bench.