Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan is edging closer to a permanent departure from the Stadium of Light on transfer deadline day, according to Football Insider.
The 30-year-old is set to switch to fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town on a permanent basis with his contract at the Black Cats set to expire at the end of the season.
It was rumoured earlier in the evening that both Flanagan and team-mate Lynden Gooch were being eyed up by Steve Cotterill’s side for late swoops.
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And he appears to have gotten his hands on at least one of those with the centre-back closing in on a move to Shropshire.
Flanagan has appeared 25 times for Sunderland this season in League One but has been allowed to seek a departure, with Fulham’s Terence Kongolo in-line to replace him.
The eight-cap Northern Ireland international last featured for the Wearsiders in a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth last week before being dropped for the humiliating 6-0 drubbing by Bolton Wanderers.
Flanagan is a very experienced player at League One level and Shrewsbury are getting a solid, dependable player.
Despite having that experience though, he probably would have rarely featured for Sunderland in the second half of the season despite no-one knowing who the new manager will be.
There’s a certain ambition at the Stadium of Light and Flanagan is probably not at the standard to where they want to be in a few months time in the Championship.
For a club like Shrewsbury though it’s a solid addition and one that could see them shore up a little bit at the back.