Mystery striker is Jack Ross' number one transfer wish - a round up of the day's dealings so far...

10 hours to go until the January transfer window closes and Sunderland still have a lot to do.

by GMac88 Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:44 PM Comments

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IN - Lewis Morgan

Around an hour ago our first transfer deadline signing was confirmed as Celtic winger Lewis Morgan on loan. This is something we had already anticipated after reports circulated yesterday about the transfer.

It's an interesting signing because a winger wasn't the most obvious place for us to strengthen. We already have Lynden Gooch, Aiden McGeady, Duncan Watmore and Chris Maguire who can play there, but perhaps this is confirmation that Jack Ross isn't convinced that who he has available can achieve promotion. 

He arrives with a bit of pedigree after a decent loan spell with St Mirren. He is highly thought of at Celtic so perhaps we can expect some good things.

OUT - Ethan Robson

Ethan Robson gained admirers on Wearside performing well for the youth team before a handful of decent appearances in the Championship last season. The drop to League One was meant to suit Robson and he probably fancied himself to have a big part in our promotion push. Unfortunately, injuries prevented that and since recovery the midfielder has been unable to force his way into Ross' side.

With that in mind, a loan deal suits everyone, but at the age of 22 he is probably asking himself where his future lies. If he isn't going to get a sniff at Sunderland, I suspect he will permanently move in the summer. Perhaps a solid showing in the Scottish Premiership with Dundee may convince SAFC to have another look.


The mystery striker

Aside from confirmed deals, everyone is talking about the mystery striker from the mystery Premier League club. The name is yet to be revealed and we're respecting that, but what we can say is that the striker is Ross' main target for transfer deadline day. The striker is to provide competition to Charlie Wyke in our favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

The striker was due to be on Wearside by now, it remains unclear whether the transfer has progressed or if there has been a strumbling block or two. Sky Sports reported in the last half an hour or so that a player is having a medical on Wearside, which could be this fella.

The Will Grigg saga is to be reach it's conclusion one way or another this afternoon, but sealing the signature of either the Wigan striker or Doncaster's John Marquis (the latter of which looking increasingly unlikely) is not thought to be today's priority, although perhaps it will become that if there are issues with the earlier mentioned transfer.