Transfer goss heating up; checking out the four fresh players linked to Sunderland this weekend

With June firmly underway, and a manager now in place at the Stadium of Light, a whole host of playe

by Will_White Sunday, 03 June 2018 02:00 PM Comments
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With June firmly underway, and a manager now in place at the Stadium of Light, a whole host of players have been linked with a move to Sunderland. Here's a rundown on the four new links this weekend. 

He's barely had chance to settle into his office, but new Sunderland boss Jack Ross must have been busy making calls to agents since he arrived on Thursday. There's all sorts of players being linked with a move to Wearside. Are any of them up to much?

Dylan McGeough (Hibs)

McGeough is a central midfielder who plays for Hibs. And central midfield is an area which desperately needs attention at Sunderland. With Paddy McNair likely to be leaving and Lee Cattermole barely up to the rigours of a Championship campaign never mind the rough and tumble of League One, Jack Ross needs bodies in the middle. 

The 25-year-old Glaswegian is your typical 'water carrier' - combative, comfortable in possession and capable of breaking up play, he's best as a deep lying play maker spraying passes about. Think Darron Gibson at his rare best but fit. 

Jack Ross will be looking to build a system around this 'cog' type player if his time at St Mirren is anything to go by, but McGeough has plenty of admirers including Aberdeen and Blackburn. He's already said he's in no hurry to make a decision on his future but he'll be looking for a decent pay rise which could mean a Championship suitor has the edge over Sunderland in luring him south of the border. 

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion)

According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, Naylor is on Sunderland's radar after a decent enough season with Burton. The 26-year-old is a bit of a utility character, operating at right-back, centre half or as a defensive midfielder. 
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He has ability in carrying the ball out of defence and can handle pace coming at him, a feature in opponents that the likes of John O'Shea, Tyias Browning, Marc Wilson, Bryan Oviedo, Billy Jones and everyone else at Sunderland struggled with last season. 

He's out of contract this summer and so "considering his future". He was highly-rated at this level in his younger days and could be looking to kick-start his career at a new club. He's been offered a new deal by Burton. 

Marcus Maddison
 
Sunderland have been linked with Maddison going way back to around 2016. A winger / attacking midfielder, the 24-year-old Durham lad began his career with Newcastle before going on loan to Blyth Spartans and then signing for Gatesehead. 

He resurrected his pro career at Peterborough and has played nearly 150 games for them since signing in 2014. He's been told he can leave Posh this summer but the Championship looks his likely destination. Probably not much to see here. 

Lewis Morgan

Bit complicated this one but it would make sense. Morgan played under Jack Ross at St Mirren before signing for Celtic and being immediately loaned back to the Saints. 

The Scottish Sun reckon Ross is keen to have him at Sunderland on another season-long loan. The 21-year-old winger was a key man for St Mirren as they won promotion last season.

He might fancy his chances at forcing his way into Brendan Rodger's side this term with Scott Sinclair supposedly on his way back to English football, leaving a vacancy out wide. 

He would probably walk straight into the Sunderland side. Genuinely two-footed, he plays on the left or centrally, and with Aiden McGeady likely to be off, Morgan would be a cracking addition for a League One campaign. 

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