Sunderland have been dealt a frustrating transfer blow, with non-league defender Wouter Verstraaten signing a new deal with South Shields.
The Sunderland Echo have reported that Verstraaten had previously been on trial with Phil Parkinson’s side after catching the eye with some impressive showings.
But the Dutchman has signed a new deal with South Shields, as he also continues his studies whilst playing for the non-league club.
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Sunderland are currently sat seventh in the Legaue One table, and will be hoping they can win promotion into the Championship this season under the management of Phil Parkinson.
The days of playing in the Premier League will feel like a distant memory, and it doesn’t make for the best of reading when they can’t convince a non-league player to sign up at the Stadium of Light.
Plenty of Newcastle United supporters took to Twitter to issue some hilarious responses to this transfer blow for their local rivals.
Take a look at the best of the reaction below….
*laughs in Arabic*🇸🇦
— Jack Chaytor (@jchaytor16) May 18, 2020
Imagine when South Shields overtakes Sunderland in the league's.
— 🇸🇦 MIGGY SMALLS 🔴 (@Miggynufc) May 18, 2020
clearly knows who the bigger club are
— flynn ○● (@nufcflynn) May 18, 2020
What an embarrasment
— dan stephenson (@danstep84223612) May 18, 2020
Most SAFC fans must admit, this is embarrassing mind😳
— Tyneside Mag (@MagTyneside) May 18, 2020
Just when you think it can’t get any worse 🤣🤣🤣
— Lee Pattison (@Patters1970) May 18, 2020
good choice well done lad
— tomas (@Toonlad2012) May 18, 2020
Went to the bigger club
— James White (@JimWhite87) May 18, 2020
Hahaha 🚽 club
— Tommo (@tmo11) May 18, 2020
— Simon Bruce 🏴🏳 🏴 (@scooterboy48) May 18, 2020
Let’s all laugh at @SunderlandAFC 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Lewis Maylia ⚓️ (@Maylia91) May 18, 2020
No brainer 😂😂😂
— Stephen Kirkbride (@K999RKYs) May 18, 2020