Sunderland striker James Vaughan is set to join League One table-toppers Wigan Athletic on a permanent deal today, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The Black Cats have already seen Lewis Grabban leave the Stadium of Light this January after his Premier League parent club Bournemouth called him back and are set to lose another striker.
Vaughan only joined Sunderland – then managed by Simon Grayson – in the summer but has only netted two goals and laid on one assist in 27 appearances across all competitions as Chris Coleman’s side find themselves bottom of the Championship.
With the club two points adrift of safety, Coleman was in the hunt for firepower in the transfer window but the opposite has happened – he has lost both the experienced strikers he had at his disposal and not brought any attackers through the door.
It’s a great signing for Wigan. That added firepower, from a player who we know can score tonnes of goals in League One should get their promotion push over the line.
It’s a nightmare for Sunderland, who will have to rely on youngsters Josh Maja and Joel Asoro for the time being and only serves to intensify their need to get strikers through the door in this window.
Sunderland fans – what do you make of the imminent departure of Vaughan? Who would you like to see come in and replace him? Let us know in the comments below…
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