Birmingham and Nottingham Forest target Will Buckley is expecting to leave Sunderland this month, according to The Sunderland Echo.

The winger has been linked with Birmingham and fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest already this month and it is looking increasingly likely that Buckley will move to one of these clubs.

Buckley has been deemed surplus to requirements at Sunderland by new boss Sam Allardyce and has failed to make an appearance for the club this season.  The winger was loaned out to Championship side Leeds United but this spell was cut short in November.

The player’s agent confirmed that Buckley looks set to leave and said: “It is very likely that he will leave Sunderland.  At the moment, we are examining several offers and we will see what happens.”

Buckley’s former boss at Sunderland and Brighton, Gus Poyet, was in England over Christmas looking at potential signings for his current club AEK Athens.

This has led to speculation that Buckley could join Poyet in Greece but the winger’s agent, Clive Hart, said:

“To tell the truth, Buckley would not consider the prospect of playing in Greece. We’re looking at teams in England and that is the most likely scenario.”

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