sunderland, Premier League trio eyed: The 7 players linked with Sunderland so far this summer

Premier League trio eyed: The 7 players linked with Sunderland so far this summer

Sunderland will be looking to add depth and quality to their squad this summer in an attempt to push further up the Championship next season.

Sunderland are not only searching for fresh faces to add to the playing squad, they are also in need of a fresh face in the dugout this summer.

Due to the model Sunderland implement, the lack of a head coach shouldn’t really slow down the process of them identifying transfer targets. But, it may make tempting them to the club more difficult.

sunderland, Premier League trio eyed: The 7 players linked with Sunderland so far this summer
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Michael Beale’s permanent replacement is yet to be known on Wearside, and with pre-season just around the corner, it will be hoped the Black Cats make some progress on both the search for new players and a new boss soon.

Here, we highlight the 7 players linked with Sunderland so far this summer and assess the chances of a deal getting done…

Ian Poveda

The Leeds United winger spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and his performances at Hillsborough have sparked interest from the Owls again this summer.

Sunderland, Luton Town and Burnley have also been credited with interest in the 24-year-old.

sunderland, Premier League trio eyed: The 7 players linked with Sunderland so far this summer
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How likely is a deal?

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Given the amount of interest in Poveda whoever manages to tempt him to their club has done a good job. He is a talented player and given his age there is still room to grow.

Sheffield Wednesday may have the edge given the time he spent with the Owls, but should Jack Clarke leave, Sunderland may step up their interest in Poveda.

Ar’jany Martha

The young Ajax defender has been linked with both Sunderland and Burnley this summer.

He will be a free agent following the expiration of his contract later this summer and he has already made over 100 youth appearances for Ajax to date.

How likely is a deal?

Burnley are once again preparing for life in the second tier. The Clarets were relegated last season and much-like Sunderland are searching for a new manager to replace Vincent Kompany who recently left for Bayern Munich.

Burnley will be operating on a bigger budget to Sunderland and are, on paper, more likely to get promoted this season and that may make it hard for Sunderland to compete against them in this transfer race.

Divin Mubama

The West Ham forward has been linked with Sunderland on several occasions. He has played here and there for the Hammers’ first team after impressing in the academy. However, it seems he is now ready to feature regularly in senior football.

How likely is a deal?

West Ham have recently confirmed they are in contract talks with Mubama over a possible extension.

Should the 19-year-old decide to sign a new deal in the capital then Sunderland can forget about this one. However, should he leave on a free expect the reports linking him to the north east to intensify.

Theo Bair

Sunderland, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers have all been linked with Motherwell striker Bair this summer.

He scored 15 goals last season in Scotland and his performances have attracted interest in England and abroad.

How likely is a deal?

At 24-year-old, Bair would bring a bit more experience to Sunderland’s frontline. However, if it’s the right move for both the club and player remains to be seen.

FC. St Pauli, Bristol City and Charlton Athletic are all keeping tabs on the forward as well and the more competition there is, the harder a deal will be to finalise.

Bair has another year left on his Motherwell contract and their asking price would be key to a Sunderland side who won’t break their bank for anyone.

Ateef Konate

Set to leave Nottingham Forest this summer, Konate has already been linked with a host of football league clubs.

Sunderland, Leeds United and Derby County have all been named as sides interested in the attacking midfielder. Whereas elsewhere there are clubs in Netherlands’ top tier also interested in the 23-year-old.

How likely is a deal?

Konate needs consistent first team minutes.

He impressed in Forest’s youth sides, but now it is pivotal that he makes the right move for his career.

At 23 he would be expected to be able to make an instant impact in senior football, but to do so he will need to be given a chance.

Sunderland have a good reputation for helping players in Konate’s position thrive and it is likely his decision this summer will come down to which club can promise the most consistent game time.

Liam Millar

Sheffield United, Sunderland, Burnley and Preston North End are among the sides keeping tabs on winger Millar this summer.

He managed ten goal contributions in 36 Championship games on loan at the Lilywhites last season and they are keen to sign him permanently.

How likely is a deal?

Preston North End have that relationship with Millar already which would help should they decide to pursue a deal this summer.

However, Sunderland, Burnley and the Blades are all more likely to push towards the top six and that ambition may tempt Millar this summer.

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sunderland, Premier League trio eyed: The 7 players linked with Sunderland so far this summer

Who is this?

Oliver Norwood

Sunderland, Watford and Hull City are the Championship trio reportedly interested in former Sheffield United midfielder Norwood.

The report also states there is interest from the MLS as a handful of clubs appear to be lining up to bring the former Premier Legaue man to their club on a free this summer.

How likely is a deal?

Norwood would add experience to a Sunderland squad which lacks it.

But, he would do so whilst still adding quality and that is the sort of player Sunderland tend to opt for. He made 27 top flight appearances for the Blades last season and the 33-year-old would be a good addition for the Black Cats.

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