Stadium of Light ready to spend big.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is ready to crank up the spending and bring in new signings after moving a step closer to signing Wolves striker Steven Fletcher for £15million.
Manchester City’s Sunderland-born wide man Adam Johnson is also the subject of a £10m bid from O’Neill, who has inquired about Fulham rebel Clint Dempsey too.
The Sunderland manager is also keen on taking Tottenham’s Danny Rose on loan and may turn to Spartak Moscow’s former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady as an alternative to Johnson, if the England winger says no.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Martin O’Neill clearly feels his attacking third is in severe need of a makeover as the Black Cats boss sets sights on a talented quartet this month.
The Sunderland manager has been chasing Wolves striker Steven Fletcher for the best part of a month but it did not appear the Northern Irishman had other targets in mind but this source is now the impression that the O’Neill is hoping to fork out significant sums to improve his Stadium of Light squad.
Clearly O’Neill means business if he is willing to pay as much as £15m for Fletcher, who is certainly a good player but one wonders if that price-tag may be more than a tad inflated. If Sunderland get persuade Adam Johnson to leave Man City for his hometown club then that could well be an excellent bit of business and £10m seems like more than a fair price.
For whatever reason Roberto Mancini has steadfastly refused to give the England man a run of games to impress and when called upon the former Middlesbrough man has done well. The 25 year old made just ten Premier League starts last season and wasn’t even in Man City’s squad for their opener against Southampton.
Clint Dempsey appears to have burned all his bridges at Fulham and after being fined and dropped it seems likely the American will be sold this summer, however a move to Sunderland may not be deemed as big a step up as the 29 year old would be looking for. The Texan has stated his desire to garner European football and that is something the North-East side can not offer this term.
Aiden McGeady may also be a clever addition if indeed moves for Johnson fail to progress, the Irish international is a player O’Neill knows well from his time at Parkhead, however he would not come cheap as Spartak Moscow spent £9.5m on the winger two years ago.
It would appear however that O’Neill is happy with his defence having seen Sunderland repel Arsenal advances during Saturday’s goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium.
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