Sunderland’s move for former Liverpool and current Fiorentina striker Bobby Duncan is off after the Black Cats pulled out of a deal, according to The Athletic.
Phil Parkinson has been in the market for multiple forwards this month but after negotiations have fallen short on a number of targets, he is still with just one new forward in his squad. That new face is free agent Kyle Lafferty, who arrives to provide competition to Charlie Wyke, while Will Grigg and Marc McNulty appear to be on their way out of the Stadium of Light.
The latest player who the Black Cats have attempted to bring to Wearside is Fiorentina youngster Bobby Duncan, who came through the ranks of Liverpool’s academy and is the cousin to Merseyside legend Steven Gerrard.
However, that deal to bring the 18-year-old to the Stadium of Light is now off, according to the Athletic, with Sunderland pulling out of the deal to sign him.
The prospective transfer from the Serie A club would have been a loan move to get the youngster some much-needed game-time after a very turbulent six months, with his exit from Anfield a very controversial one.
Sunderland will now turn their attention elsewhere to sign a striker and have been strongly linked with a move for Bristol City youngster Antoine Semenyo.
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The Black Cats could have secured a very promising young striker in Duncan if they pursued this further but they clearly don’t feel as if this deal is one worth making.
Having made eight appearances for Fiorentina’s youth side this season, there are question marks over his commitment levels after forcing a move out of Liverpool in the summer.
However, in that time at the Italian side, he has scored three goals, showing his keen eye for goal, something that Sunderland and Phil Parkinson have been crying out for this season.
Their attention must now turn elsewhere and they need at least one new striker to come in, to give themselves every chance of staying in the League One top six for the rest of the season.