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Fresh off-the-field Sunderland development emerges

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Sunderland owner Stewart Donald values any potential sale of the club in the region of £35m according to a source close to Off The Pitch. 

But Donald is said to be keen to add a fee of £5m to any potential sale, but that will only come into place if Sunderland are to win promotion back into the Championship.

It had previously been claimed by Bloomberg that the Sunderland owner was in talks with two interested parties over a potential deal for him to depart the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats started this year’s campaign poorly, but have since shown a real improvement in results over the festive period, which will be pleasing to see for the club’ supporters.

Sunderland are now sat seventh in the League One table, and will be hoping they can make a timely return to the Championship this term under Phil Parkinson’s guidance.

They were narrowly beaten by Charlton Athletic in the League One play-off final at Wembley last season, so they’ll be keen to go ‘one better’ than in last year’s campaign.

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson will be hoping that this off-the-field development doesn’t distract matters on the pitch this weekend, as they take on promotion rivals Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light.

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This is an interesting update.

Donald is clearly looking to move on in the near future, and I’m intrigued to know whether his valuation of the League One club is to be met by any potential investors before the season reaches a conclusion.

If they are to come to an agreement over a price, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see the deal completed in relatively quick fashion.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see that additional £5m paid to Donald at the end of the season if a sale does go through, as Sunderland are looking like one of the teams to beat at the moment in League One.


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