The Sunderland Echo understands that relegated Sunderland have turned down a bid from a Premier League side for midfielder Paddy McNair. The Northern Ireland international has been the subject of a £2million offer from a side in the top flight.
Despite relegation, Sunderland have resisted the sudden desire to cash in on their best players. They want to build a side capable of winning promotion back into the second tier at the very first attempt, led by Jack Ross, following his appointment from St Mirren, where he also won promotion. Ross wants to build his side around the likes of McNair.
Previous manager Chris Coleman told Chronicle Live some time ago that if he remained in charge, he too would have had McNair as the first name on his team sheet next season.
McNair won’t be the only named mentioned as potentially leaving the Stadium of Light this summer. George Honeyman is another name touted with the exit door, as well as talented youngster Joel Asoro. Ross is keen for them to remain on, and help them contest for promotion.
It is believed that Ross is focusing on having a younger squad at his disposal next season. He is keen for the club to move away from some of the experienced names that have essentially overseen back-to-back relegations from the Premier League, into the Championship, and now League One. 23-year-old McNair only played 18 times last season due to big injury concerns, but he still made a sufficient impression whenever he was called upon. With a full pre-season under his belt, Ross will be confident of getting the best out of him over the entire season. The new manager is targeting several new signings this summer, but doesn’t want to lose McNair at all.