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Roker Roundup: Manager of St Johnstone left back linked to Sunderland wants him to stay

Whilst St Johnstone left back Scott Tanser has been linked with a move away - with Sunderland said to be interested in his services - their manager wants him to stay and sign a new deal.

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St Johnstone boss keen on Tanser stay

Sunderland were linked with a move for St Johnstone left-back Scott Tanser last week, with reports suggesting that we were competing with Barnsley for his signature.

Tanser is out of contract in the summer but his boss at St Johnstone, Callum Davidson, is hoping to tie the Blackpool-born player down to a new deal.

Speaking to The Courier, Davidson said he was optimistic on a new contract for Tanser, despite being willing to let him go if a good offer arrived for the player:

We’ve been working hard with Scott Tanser and David Wotherspoon to get contracts agreed.

I’d like to do more but Covid and this new strain hasn’t helped. Hopefully we can agree deals with Scott and David and then crack on with the rest of them.

I’m quite optimistic.

David’s one isn’t too far away to get across the line.

Scott’s is slightly different but hopefully we can get something sorted out there as well.

Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener, if you’re playing well, which he is, and you’re enjoying your football, which he is, that’s a huge thing, especially for Scott at his age.

If there was a good offer for him I obviously wouldn’t stop him going back down the road but there are a lot of things he’ll need to factor into the equation – one of them being he’s playing in a position that he really likes, wing-back.

I’m hoping we can get him tied up.

03/08/19 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP.CELTIC vs ST JOHSNTONE (7-0).CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW.Scott Tanser in action for St Johnstone Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images

Big Sam eyes Maja

Sam Allardyce is said to be interested in a loan move for former Sunderland forward Josh Maja.

According to the Sunday Mirror, West Bromwich Albion are interested in deal that will see Maja join the Baggies until the end of the season and with the potential of it becoming permanent should Allardyce save the club from relegation to the Championship.

Maja has also been linked with a move to Sheffield United and Birmingham City.

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Academy product in demand

A host of clubs are interested in Queen of the South’s Dan Pybus, with the midfielder being described as one of the best player in the Scottish Championship.

Pybus came through the ranks at Sunderland and is currently being managed by former Sunderland legend Allan Johnston at the Scottish outfit.

His form for the club has been such that he is now being linked with a move to the Scottish Premiership with Ross County, although Teamtalk suggest that they face competition for the 23-year-old from Dunfermline, Dundee, Bradford City, Bolton Wanderers and Mansfield Town.

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