Sunderland are facing the prospect of a huge season ahead.
Last season’s disappointment in the play-offs meant that they are now preparing for a fourth season in League One, something which supporters are wanting to change quickly.
This is Lee Johnson’s first summer in charge of the club and so he’s looking to get stuck in so that he can build a team that’s capable of going up automatically, but there’s no doubt that he has some serious work to do.
Alex Pritchard has already joined the club, while several have already moved on but who else could be coming in or heading out of the exit door?
Here’s the latest transfer talk to come from Wearside.
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Sunderland have missed out on a deal to sign the defender after he agreed a new deal with Hartlepool United.
Reports emerged last month suggesting that the Black Cats were considering a move for the former Newcastle United starlet with his deal at Victoria Park expiring at the end of June.
However according to Chris Waugh of The Athletic the 25-year-old has penned a two-year deal to stay with the newly-promoted League Two side, subsequently ending Sunderland’s pursuit due to his desire to play more regular first team football.
Barry Fry has said that he cannot understand Sunderland’s decision to let the striker’s contract expire.
Wyke completed a move to Wigan Athletic following the expiry of his contract at the Stadium Of Light following an impressive campaign in which he found the net on no less than 31 occasions.
With the 28-year-old leaving the Wearsiders on a free transfer, the Peterborough United director of football believes that his exit was the result of the club gambling on securing promotion to the Championship.
Speaking to Football League World, Fry said: “Well the only thing that I can think of on that one is that they perhaps thought that if they got into the Championship, they would be able to attract a better striker.
“But, you’ve got to cover your back. Even if they had gone up and felt that he wasn’t good enough for the Championship, they could have sold him and got money for him, you know anyone that scores over 20 goals in any league is worth money.
“So I cannot understand why they didn’t secure his future and make him sign a new contract.”
Luke O’Nien could leave Sunderland next summer if they fail to secure promotion, according to Kevin Phillips.
The versatile midfielder ended speculation regarding his future by penning a three-year contract at the Stadium Of Light, a big boost for the club going into the new season.
The 26-year-old discussed how he had interest from the Championship before signing his contract, and according to Phillips, that could spell bad news for the Black Cats if they do struggle to go up this term.
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said: “When a player comes out and says that, he’s saying if we don’t go up next season, I’m off.
“If he has another good season like he did last year, there will be interest. It won’t be heart over head next season if we don’t go up.
“Credit to the player, he will give his all next season and he is a good signing for Sunderland. Let’s just hope they can deliver for the player so he stays at the club beyond next summer.”