Sunderland have entered the race to sign in-demand midfielder Ali McCann, according to reports from The Courier.
The Black Cats are looking to step up their recruitment efforts in the coming weeks as Lee Johnson looks to build a squad that is capable of challenging for promotion.
Signing a midfielder is a top priority after losing the likes of Max Power, Josh Scowen and Grant Leadbitter over the summer, meaning that replacements will be needed.
McCann boasts a growing reputation in the game after making 43 appearances for St Johnstone last term, including playing a key role in securing the League Cup and Scottish Cup.
Such an impressive campaign hasn’t gone unnoticed for the 21-year-old though, with Celtic, Stoke City and Hull City also said to be keen.
While it remains to be seen if Sunderland are considered to be a frontrunner to do a deal, it’s claimed that it will take an offer in the region of £2million in order to tempt the Scottish side into selling one of their most promising talents.
That is a substantial fee for Sunderland to pay out, so it’ll be interesting to see if it’s a deal that will be plausible for the League One side.
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This would be a really exciting move for Sunderland.
The Black Cats are looking to bring in players with the future in mind and Ali McCann would certainly fit into that category.
While the 21-year-old is undoubtedly high-potential, he’s also a player who could hit the ground running and make a real impression as a key player for Lee Johnson’s side in the short-term.
But with competition from Celtic and several clubs in the Championship it could be a tough move to pull off.