Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has confirmed that players want to join the Championship side, and are actually ‘embarrassing’ themselves to do so, reports The Daily Star.
The 47-year-old took over at the Stadium of Light back in July following the resignation of David Moyes six weeks earlier, and he has stamped his authority on the squad with seven incomings, as well as a whole host of departures.
The likes of James Vaughan, Aidan McGeady, and Jason Steele have all signed permanent deals with the Black Cats, while Lewis Grabban is one of three loanees and was also the man who got the key goal in their 1-1 draw with Derby County last week, their first match of the Championship campaign.
And with still three weeks of the transfer window left to go, Grayson may well have whetted the appetite of Sunderland supporters by admitting that the club are continuing to attract players.
He said: ‘Players keep ringing and texting me asking to come.
‘It’s embarrassing really because they are other people’s players but it is part and parcel of why this club can attract individuals.’
The North East giants have recently been linked with a move for ex-midfielder Grant Leadbitter, now of Middlesbrough, to suggest that they remain in the market for reinforcements as they seek an immediate return to the Premier League.
Grayson’s men travel to Bury in the first round of the Carabao Cup tonight before they return to league action at Norwich on Sunday.
The Verdict: Sunderland’s struggles over the past few years culminated in the meek surrendering of their Premier League status, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that many players would decide against signing for a club seemingly on the decline.
Yet manager Simon Grayson says the opposite is happening this summer, to the point that the players in question are actually ‘embarrassing’ themselves given their attachment to another club.
But whether all this interest turns into done deals between now and August 31 very much remains to be seen.
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