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Roker Roundup: Sunderland defender set to leave & former SAFC trio attracting interest

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Sunderland defender Morgan Feeney looks set to leave the club, whilst a trio of ex-mackems are also potentially on the move.

Roker Roundup 20/21
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Defender set to depart

Sunderland defender Morgan Feeney only joined the club in August but is already set to leave, according to reports.

The Liverpool Echo claim that Feeney will depart the Stadium of Light in January after his short term deal expires.

According to the report, new Sunderland boss Lee Johnson is a fan of the central defender but cannot offer a long-term contract currently as the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Johnson has allowed the 21-year-old to speak to other clubs, with teams in the Football League and Scotland said to be interested.

Sunderland Unveil New Signing Morgan Feeney Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Interest in former trio

Former Sunderland forward David Moberg Karlsson terrorised Celtic during Sparta Prague's Europa League encounters with Neil Lennon's team earlier in the season and those displays have led to the Scottish champions to take a closer look at the Swedish international.

ISport.cz claim that several sides are showing interest in the 25-year-old, with Celtic being joined by his former club IFK Gothenburg in the race for a player who is contracted to Sparta Prague until 2022.

Simon Mignolet could return to the Premier League, with Club Brugge said to be in a panic over the the Belgian international's future.

The former Sunderland number one has been one of the top perfomers in Belgium since his move from Liverpool and that has reportedly attracted attention from the Premier League, according to Voetbal24.

Meanwhile, Milliyet claim out of favour Jeremain Lens may swap Besiktas for fellow Turkish side Goztepe.

Celtic v AC Sparta Praha: Group H - UEFA Europa League Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Yorke keen to manage

Dwight Yorke has previously spoken about applying for the position of manager at both Sunderland and Aston Villa but, despite not getting a reply from either, he is still keen on becoming a manager.

Speaking to TTFA Media Director Shaun Fuentes, Yorke explained that he believes he is in a good position to start his managerial career:

"I feel deep down inside with all the knowledge that I have gained that I am in a good place to take up management."

Yorke has recently completed the UEFA A License and has been accepted into the UEFA Pro License course for 2021.

"I am very much into the management aspect of it and not just the coaching. I overall want to be able to select the team, make those decisions, get the best out of players week in week out, and most importantly, get to win football matches.”

Doing the Pro License will enable me to apply for the best jobs. I feel now that people would take you a bit more seriously."

Aston Villa v Sunderland - Barclays Premier League Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images