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Sunderland, Portsmouth and Bristol City transfer pursuit still alive despite striker news emerging

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Joe Pigott is currently training with his former club AFC Wimbledon as he weighs up his options over a move to a new side this summer, as per a recent report by the South London Press.

The striker recently left the Dons after turning down the offer of a new contract and will now be looking to secure a move to a bigger club, with a plethora of Sky Bet Championship and League One sides said to be interested in his services.

Sunderland, Portsmouth, Bristol City and Luton Town have all been linked with the 27-year-old in recent weeks, with Pigott boasting a record of 54 goals in 157 games from his time with the South London club.

However for the time being the striker is currently training with Wimbledon in order to keep his fitness up ahead of the upcoming season, with head coach Mark Robinson stating the following on the player:

“Joe is training with us – he wants to keep himself sharp. 

“He asked if he could train with us and I had absolutely no issues.

“Some people might think that is a bit bizarre, but he scored almost 60 goals for us and was a huge part of keeping is up for three seasons. He is part of the family. As long as he turns up and gives everything, which he does, then I see absolutely no issue. I’m more than happy to help him on that journey.

“To have that quality in and around for pre-season is a no-brainer.”

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Pigott left Wimbledon a legend and will now be looking to step up a level next term, with a move to the Championship seemingly at the forefront of his thinking.

The frontman previously played 12 games at that level for Charlton Athletic during the earlier stages of his career.

The Verdict 

From a Sunderland perspective, a move for Pigott would make a lot of sense, particularly after the recent departure of Charlie Wyke to Wigan Athletic.

They need a proven goal scorer at League One level and the former Wimbledon man certainly fits the bill for them in their pursuit of a new striker.

He is good at holding up the ball and is capable of scoring all types of goals when he is given the right service from his teammates.

Added to the fact that he has experience of being a captain from his time with the Dons and this potential signing would tick a lot of boxes for the Black Cats moving forwards if they can get a deal done for Pigott.


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