Five free agents who've been linked with Sunderland as Jack Ross arrives to begin the rebuild

Jack Ross has arrived at the Stadium of Light tasked with a huge summer rebuild. With retained lists

by Will_White Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:45 AM Comments
Jack Ross has arrived at the Stadium of Light tasked with a huge summer rebuild. With retained lists around the country being published, here's a handful of released players who've been linked with the Black Cats.  


Jamie Mackie

Released by QPRin some ways Jamie Mackie seems almost destined to land at Sunderland next season. Now aged 32, the former Scotland international has been linked with a move to Wearside at occasional points over the last few years. 

Never especially prolific, Mackie has enough physical presence to compete in League One next season. With a career strike rate of a goal every eight games or so, the 5' 11" striker has always endeared himself to fans for his hard working, enthusiastic style. 

Linked with Fleetwood, Norwich, Portsmouth and Sunderland amongst others, Mackie may appeal to new Black Cats boss Jack Ross. 

David Meyler

He's actually still the right side of 30, but former Sunderland man David Meyler is on the look-out for a new club this summer after being released by Hull City. 

Despite his 'injury prone' tag, Meyler played 25 games in the Championship last season and has been linked with a host of second-tier clubs. He's just completed his UEFA 'A' Licence coaching badges which hints at where the Irishman sees his future. 

He's been strongly linked with a move to Reading but that won't stop the occasional "he's the sort of player we should be looking at" remark in the coming weeks from some Sunderland fans. 

Hakeeb Adelakun

Anyone who's anyone in the mid-to-lower Championship wants Hakeeb Adelakun this summer, so he'd be a solid addition for League One. The Scunthorpe winger is strongly tipped to be on the move in the coming weeks and at the age of 21 will be available for a compensation fee. 

Linked with Nottingham Forest, Hull and Millwall, Sunderland are also supposed to have been monitoring his situation. Originally from Hackney, he may fancy a return down south though. 

The veteran of over 160 appearances played his youth football with Crystal Palace and West Ham and was linked with a move to the Stadium of Light in January too. 

Nedum Onuoha

Eurgh, not again. The former Sunderland defender is linked with a return to Wearside in every transfer window. He made 31 appearances under Steve Bruce in the season in which poor Stevie worked wonders to get us to tenth. 

Now a free agent, Onuoha would probably be worth a season in League One though he might be a touch pricey on the wage bill. Not a bad defender on his day, he'll probably end up back with Brucey at cash-strapped Villa. 

Jan Kirchhoff

Ok, so he's not gonna come back but Jan Kirchhoff is a free agent again after being released by Bolton. The classy German only managed 184 minutes in the Championship campaign just ended after signing for Wanderers in February. 

Getting decent enough reviews for those four appearances, Kirchhoff seems unlikely to play in England again unless he can find a witch doctor who can fix him up good and proper. He might be linked with Sunderland again in the coming weeks but there's no way he'll be robust enough for League One.