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Sunderland have been credited with an interest in Northampton captain Charlie Goode, but face stiff competition from a number of Championship clubs.

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Northampton Town captain Charlie Goode led his team to promotion in the League Two Play Off Final last month and should be set to lead his team out in League One next season but his performances have made him a man in demand.

According to Sky Sports North East correspondent Keith Downie, Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers are both keen on the centre back who is valued at £750,000.

West London sport claim that alongside QPR, their London rivals Brentford are also monitoring the 24-year-old but would only be willing to pay around £500,000 for his services.

The Northampton Chronicle also claim that Sunderland are said to be interested in Goode.

His chairman at Northampton Kelvin Thomas told the club’s website that while interest has increased for the player, his club are under no financial pressure to sell and, should they sell, they would require the club record fee to be broken (£500,000 for Mark Bunn):

I have spoken to Charlie about it before, and I think the interest has ramped up.

When Charlie came into the club, Keith spoke to him about being captain and agreed with him that if he came in and did well then we certainly wouldn’t stand in his way if a Championship or Premier League-type big club came in for him.

We live by what we said, but it is going to take a significant fee for that to happen, and that was always the agreement, that it would always take a fee.

I am not sure what the club record is, but I am sure that any type of deal that we would be looking for would be a club record deal, but there is nothing on paper at the moment.

There has been some interest, but we haven’t even indicated numbers.

We have told clubs that if they really are interested in Charlie then they need to make an offer and go through the appropriate channels, and we will discuss it on its merits.

Keith and myself have a fantastic relationship with Charlie, and the lad wants to come in and do well whatever happens.

Even if there is discussion all the way up to the end of the transfer window, we are 100 per cent confident that Charlie will put in the performances when required in a Northampton Town shirt.”

The good news is, even though we have some challenges due to Covid-19, we have told Keith there is no reason to sell Charlie financially, but we will look at things on merit.

There is a reality, and it is sometimes not just a club decision, sometimes it has to be a decision made with three parties, as you have the club that’s interested in purchasing the player, the player themselves and Northampton Town.

So we will do what’s in the best interests of the club.

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Maja in demand

Interest appears to be increasing in former Sunderland striker Josh Maja.

As well as the interest from Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, as the Scottish club look for a potential replacement for Alfredo Morelos, Sky Sports have reported that West Ham United are now chasing the 21-year-old Maja.

The academy product was given his senior debut by West Ham manager David Moyes in a 2-1 EFL Cup win at QPR in September 2016.

The report goes on to state that although Maja is not pushing for a move, that Bordeaux may need to sell as the financial fallout from the pandemic has hit the French club.

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Rangers explain why they signed McLaughlin

Jon McLaughlin left Sunderland last month to sign for Scottish Premiership side Rangers on a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old joined the club managed by Steven Gerrard on a free transfer after his contract at the Stadium of Light expired and his new goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart spoke to Rangers TV about what McLaughlin brings to the side:

Jon is a vastly experienced goalkeeper, he has played over 400 games. He has played at various levels in England and Scotland. First and foremost, he adds experience to the group.

He has been a consistent performer for the last nine ten years in terms of playing at various levels and big games within those, be it playoff finals, be it cup semi-finals, again just playing at big clubs, various clubs.

He has had the big game experience at Hearts and playing in SPL for a year.

He moved down to Sunderland and consistently played over two years and he adds that consistency and of course the calmness when you see him play.

He has got what we expect of a Rangers goalkeeper and he is going to add that experience that we need for the rest of our time to push out on all the way.

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