Sunderland are interested in signing former Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan from Fiorentina, journalist Alan Nixon has reported.
Duncan only left Liverpool to join the Serie A side for a fee reported to be worth £1.8million late last year, but it now seems as the 18-year-old could be set for a swift return to England.
According to Nixon’s latest update, Sunderland are now taking an interest in a move for Duncan, as they look to add to their attacking options in the final days of the window.
It is thought that any move to the Stadium of Light for the striker would be an initial loan move, with the option to make that deal permanent in the summer, with the suggestion that Duncan could have the opportunity of first-team football under Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson.
Sunderland. Surprise move for striker Bobby Duncan. Ex Liverpool kid who went to Fiorentina. Loan with a view. Could get game time with Phil Parkinson.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 30, 2020
Duncan has yet to feature for Fiorentina’s senior side this season, instead appearing for La Viola’s youth team, although it was recently claimed that the Italian outfit are already looking to offload the teenager on loan in the current January window, due to the fact they do not feel he is ready for the first-team football he desires.
This is an interesting one.
Sunderland do seem to be keen to add another attacker to their ranks this month, and Duncan could provide a potentially useful option to do that with.
While he is obviously still young, the fact that he has been recruited by sides such as Liverpool and Fiorentina – as well as Manchester City earlier in his youth career – does seem to suggest he has plenty of potential to be exploited.
However, given the controversial nature of his exit from Liverpool, and the fact that Fiorentina are already looking to get him off their books, you have wonder slightly whether there is a risk that such a move could lead to some issues behind the scenes further down the line.