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Roker Roundup: Report claims Sunderland are interested in signing Ukrainian forward

Reports coming out of Ukraine claim that Sunderland are interested in signing 24-year-old Zorya Lugansk forward Nazariy Rusyn.

Sunderland interested in Ukrainian forward?

Sunderland are said to be interested in Zorya Lugansk forward Nazariy Rusyn, according to reports in Ukraine.

TaToTake telegram channel claim Sunderland are interested in the 24-year-old versatile forward who can play on both wings, as well as up front, and is under contract until 2025.

Rusyn scored 13 goals for Zorya in 30 Ukrainian Premier League games during the 2022-23 season, and also contributed with a further six assists as his team qualified for the UEFA Europa League - and the player himself was awarded as the best player in the UPL during the period of May to June.

Nazariy Rusyn of Legia seen in action during the Fortuna... Photo by Mikolaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Johnson discusses Sunderland spell

Hibernian manager Lee Johnson gave an interview with the World Football Index this week, and during it, he discussed his time at the Stadium of Light.

Johnson said he was proud of what he achieved at Sunderland and feels he laid good foundations which allowed Alex Neil to finally take the club up from League One into the Championship:

I loved my time at Sunderland. It is a massive football club with quality facilities.

It was going through a tough time when I went in and we worked hard to progress the club towards the top of the table while doing well in the EFL trophy.

Winning at Wembley was an incredible moment for me and for the club. The EFL trophy is not the most prestigious trophy in English football but it still means a lot when you win it.

It was my first piece of silverware as a manager and Sunderland’s first trophy in decades which made it extra special.

It was just a shame that the fans could not be there to join us that day due to the pandemic.

Overall, I left Sunderland with one of the highest win ratios at the club and towards the top of League One, in good shape for Alex Neil to get them over the line in terms of promotion.

I enjoyed my time there and I am proud of what we achieved together.

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