Sunderland’s chances of landing Ben Woodburn on loan have been dealt a major blow, according to the Express.
The 18 year-old looked set to join the Championship strugglers as the two clubs struck an agreement for him to join Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season. However, Liverpool are now set to pull the plug on the deal.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reluctant in the first place to allow Woodburn to go out on loan but chose Sunderland over other suitors due to the fact Chris Coleman already knows him. A deal looked like it would go ahead but after the Reds sold Philip Coutinho to Barcelona, Klopp feels he needs to keep Woodburn as another attacking option.
This has dealt a big blow to Sunderland’s survival chances this season. The Black Cats are currently in the bottom three in the Championship and lost their top scorer Lewis Grabban earlier in the window. The 12 goal striker was recalled by his parent club AFC Bournemouth.
Sunderland have still not replaced Grabban and there only other two options in attack are youngsters Josh Maja and Joel Asoro. They have a very thin squad and are in desperate need of some new signings in this transfer window. There only signing so far this month has been Jake Clarke-Salter on loan from Chelsea.
They will now have to look elsewhere for a signing after Woodburn’s move looks to have caved in. With little under two weeks left of the window, the clock is ticking for Sunderland to get some deals done.