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TRANSFER LATEST: Marc McNulty closes in on Jack Ross reunion as Bobby Duncan heads to Sunderland

Sunderland are, according to reports, set to sign Fiorentina’s highly rated striker Bobby Duncan on loan, whilst out of favour loanee Marc McNulty is headed to Hibernian for a reunion with Jack Ross.

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McNulty ‘close’ to Hibs move

With the news that former Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan is set to join Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season, Marc McNulty looks set to reunite with Jack Ross at Hibernian.

The Scotsman claim that the Scottish Premiership side are looking to squeeze through a move for the striker before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

McNulty is said to have been swayed by a desire to link up with Ross once again, a manager who has already signed him once this season and who plans on using him up top in a two-man strike-force.

The on-loan Reading forward has been a bit-part player at Sunderland and has already had one successful spell with Hibs, his hometown club, scoring seven goals for them in a loan spell in the second half of last season.

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Holloway keen on Robson

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway is keen on reuniting with Ethan Robson.

Robson was on-loan at Blundell Park earlier in the season but was recalled earlier this month.

Despite that recall he is yet to be involved for the first team and Holloway is hoping that Phil Parkinson brings in another midfielder as he believes that will allow the 23-year-old to go back out on loan:

I’m waiting on somebody else for that, they either get somebody else in, or keep him and then they might use him, because he has done well.

Speaking to his manager, he likes the boy, but it’s positional-wise that he would like something else, and if he gets that, then he might let us have Ethan.

I was prepared to wait for that, so if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen, and I quite like some of our young lads.

I would love Ethan back. Obviously we’ve got a problem with Hess, but that’s ongoing, we’ll see how that goes, and I would like to get it all done, shut, closed and out of the way.

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Bobby Duncan set for Sunderland loan?

Various news reporters - including James Pearce of The Athletic - are now confirming rumours that emerged earlier today, that Sunderland are indeed close to the loan signing of Fiorentina striker Bobby Duncan.

Reports in the Italian media claim that it will be a loan with a view to a permanent move.

The 18-year old hot prospect left Premier League giants Liverpool under a cloud in the summer, joining up with Serie A side Fiorentina for a rumoured fee of £2m.

Duncan hasn’t been able to break into their first team, however, and as such is looking to come back to England for the remainder of the season in order to prove himself.

Pearce, in his transfer blog for the Athletic, said:

Sunderland are set to sign former Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan on loan from Fiorentina for the rest of the season.The 18-year-old striker has been keen to return to England in search of regular game time after a frustrating spell in Italy.

Duncan, who is the cousin of Ranger boss Steven Gerrard, has only played under-19s football for Fiorentina since completing a £1.8 million move from Liverpool last summer and has been unable to force his way into the Serie A outfit’s senior squad.Initially, there were concerns that Duncan wouldn’t be able to go out on loan due to FIFA’s rule preventing a player from playing for three clubs in the same season.

However, the governing body have given the green light on the basis that Duncan only played youth football in Italy.