Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones is being lined up to join Sunderland as an immediate replacement for the now-departed Callum McManaman.
The Redcar-born lad has been linked with the Black Cats for a couple of weeks but a deal to bring him to Stadium of Light is now imminent with today’s departure of McManaman to his old club Wigan Athletic.
Jones has been mooted as a target for the likes of Hull City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County this summer and would represent a decent piece of business for Sunderland boss Jack Ross.
The right-footer has often been deployed on the left in the Scottish Premiership or operating as a second striker. He scored four goals last season and weighed in with a bagful of assists.
The Daily Mail recently suggested Rangers are still sniffing around in a bid to land the former Middlesbrough youth, and supposedly Kilmarnock rejected a bid of £350,000 from the Gers back in January.
It’s thought the Teesside lad is keen to make the return back to the north east and that may have swung the balance in Sunderland’s favour.
Jones rose through the Boro academy and made one senior appearance before loan spells with Hartlepool and Cambridge United. The 23-year-old signed for Kilmarnock in the summer of 2016 and has since made over 60 appearances for Killie. He has one senior cap for Northern Ireland.