Sunderland midfielder George Honeyman could leave the Stadium of Light before the season starts next weekend and is thought to have been in talks with an unidentified club in the Championship.
The talk around Honeyman's future has gone quiet in recent weeks after a flurry of suggestions earlier in the summer that the Prudhoe-born lad would be on his way. Any potential transfer could be somewhat controversial given the fact the player's agent is former Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne.
Honeyman was linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday back in April but has been assumed to be staying on Wearside of late, especially given that the 23-year-old has worn the captain's armband in a handful of pre-season games this summer, most recently in Friday's washout at Middlesbrough.
After making his first team debut in 2015, Honeyman broke into the side during the David Moyes reign at the Stadium of Light but established himself as a regular last season in the Championship. Making over 40 appearances, the hard working midfielder weighed in with six goals and a couple of assists.
Sunderland will presumably only release Honeyman if their valuation is met and there is talk of several central midfielders being eyed up as reinforcements. Luke O'Nein is said to be on the brink of signing for the Black Cats and he would bring the levels of energy that Honeyman does to the middle of the the park.
Lee Cattermole's future also remains shrouded in doubt and he's another who could find a new club before Sunderland kick off the new campaign next Saturday. A stablemate of Honeyman with the same agent, Cattermole may feel this summer is the right time to move on from the club he signed for in 2009.
The departure of that pair would hasten Sunderland's need to bring in another body and there is talk that a midfielder may have been lined up and could sign this week. Truth be told though, it would probably be no surprise to see both Cattermole and Honeyman's name on the Sunderland team sheet next Saturday.