Snodgrass, Sunderland have ‘interest’ in former Leeds United winger – money the issue

Sunderland have ‘interest’ in former Leeds United winger – money the issue

Yesterday it was announced across various media sources, such as the BBC and Sky Sports, that after just eight months at the club, West Ham were prepared to let Robert Snodgrass leave the club.

West Ham appear ready to accept defeat with Scotland international Snodgrass after just 15 appearances following a near £11 million transfer. News doing the rounds is that the club see his future away from the London Stadium, either by an initial loan deal or via a full-on transfer.

This news has obviously put many possible suitors on high alert, with sides such as Newcastle said to have a level of interest in a player who really made his name and carved his reputation at Elland Road.

Robert Snodgrass was little-known before his move from Livingstone to Leeds United in July 2008. This was a season when the Whites were languishing in the third tier of English football, their League One campaigns being the club’s first ever at that level.

In his first season for the Whites, Snodgrass showed just what a talent he was, the then 21-year-old scoring nine times and providing one assist. The following season, the 2009/10 League One campaign saw Snodgrass notch seven goals and an impressive 11 assists.

A standout season in the Championship with Leeds, the 2011/12 campaign, was to be his last for the club. Snodgrass’ 13 goals and 15 assists that season brought about a near £3 million move to Norwich and the start of his Premier League experiences.

However, injuries and dips of form have seen his reputation diminished somewhat – hence West Ham being ready to offload him. Despite West Ham’s seeming reluctance to persevere with the former Leeds United, there are sides ready to offer the winger-cum-forward a kick-start to his career. One of the sides interested is said to be recently relegated side Sunderland.

The supposed ‘interest’ in Robert Snodgrass from Sunderland should come as no surprise. The former Livingstone player was brought to Elland Road by Simon Grayson, who is now the man in charge up at the Stadium of Light.

However, a Premier League player comes with a Premier League price tag and that is something that Grayson has obviously noted. West Ham will likely be looking to recoup all, if not most, of their near £11 million outlay on Snodgrass when they bought him from Hull City at the end of this January’s transfer window.

Whilst that figure, or one approaching it, is easily within the reach of a side like Sunderland, the Black Cats will likely be looking at whether a deal would represent value for money.

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