Sunderland are said to be close to signing goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin who is out of contract after leaving Scottish Premiership side Hearts this summer.
The Sunderland Echo have revealed how the Express report that the keeper has turned down Azerbaijan side Qarabag who would be able to offer the player potential Champions League football, to go to the north east.
As well as that, Millwall were thought to be interested in the stopper but the report suggests that Jack Ross has won the race to land the 30-year old.
McLaughlin only signed a one-year deal with Hearts last season but had a very good campaign with the Edinburgh sides success built on a solid defence.
Such form saw him rewarded with a call-up to the Scotland national team for the end of the season friendly against Mexico, which ended in a narrow defeat.
Signing a new number one has to be a priority for Ross after the issues the Black Cats had in that position last season. He has already shifted out Jason Steele who recently joined Brighton.
Sunderland are in desperate need of a new keeper because the options they had last season were simply nowhere near good enough.
So, to land McLaughlin, a proven keeper with good experience and at a decent age would be a major signing for them.
Ross will hope to close this as soon as possible as there is other interest in the stopper.
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