Macauley Bonne is attracting interest for League One promotion rivals Sunderland and Wigan Athletic according to Football Insider.
The 26-year-old is currently enjoying a season-long loan at Ipswich Town from Queens Park Rangers, where his contract expires at the end of the next season. Bonne was a shining light of the Tractor Boys’ disappointing start to the season but is currently enduring an eight-game goal drought in Suffolk.
The instinctive penalty box finisher has acclimatised excellently to life as an EFL goalscorer since making the leap from the National League to the Championship to sign for Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2019.
With Nathan Broadhead’s injury decreasing Sunderland’s threat in the final third, Bonne could be just the man to come in and add some competition for places with Ross Stewart.
Both cases would involve Bonne swapping a distant play-off push for a realistic automatic promotion one, which if he does not want to remain at QPR next season, could be beneficial.
There are personal ties with Ipswich Town for the former Leyton Orient goal-getter, having been attached to the club’s youth setup in the past, however after the dismissal of Paul Cook, Bonne might not be as comfortable with the ideas Kieran McKenna is trying to get across and view a move as a more attractive proposition.
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With Charlie Wyke’s future involvement in the Wigan Athletic first team still a little unclear, there is room too for Bonne at the DW Stadium.
Lee Johnson on Wearside is a far more experienced manager than Leam Richardson and could have the persuasion skills to give him the edge, however having played almost the entirety of his career in Southern England and with his most prolific goalscoring run coming in Suffolk, it feels more likely than not that Bonne will stay at Ipswich until the end of the season.
It is unlikely that Wigan or Sunderland would be able to offer a more convincing financial package in terms of a loan deal to QPR than the Tractor Boys, and apart from their league positions they do not seem like the best fit for the player at this time. Unless there are some background problems with Bonne at Ipswich leading to the player pushing for an exit.