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Sunderland weighing up shock transfer swoop for Newcastle United player



Bradford City are flying high in League One once again, and lie in fourth place with almost half of the campaign behind them.

The Bantams have challenged for promotion on a consistent basis in recent seasons, and last year suffered the ignominy of playoff final defeat at the hands of Millwall, with Steve Morison scoring the only goal of the game at Wembley.

Fans of the side from West Yorkshire will hope to put previous heartbreak behind them this season, and finally secure a long-awaited return to the second tier of English football.

A number of players have emerged as star performers this term, with young Newcastle United loanee Alex Gilliead particularly impressing.

The 21-year-old forward has appeared regularly for Stuart McCall’s side, but his performances have begun to attract attention from clubs higher up the football pyramid, with The Newcastle Chronicle reporting that Hull City, Millwall and Sunderland are keen on a January move for the player.

Whether a move materialise depends on the Magpies willingness to sell, but Bradford fans will be sweating heading into the new year.

The Verdict

Gilliead looks to be a Championship level player, and the trio of clubs willing to take the player on all seem extremely keen to secure his signature.

Newcastle may decide that the player’s time at St James’ Park has run its course, but it is likely the Magpies will play hardball with fierce rivals Sunderland over any potential deal.

That paves the way for Hull and Millwall to battle it out for his signature, with both sides set to fight a relegation battle this season.

Perhaps Gilliead will be given a say in his final destination, and may opt to continue his progress in League One with promotion-chasing Bradford.

Only time will tell how this one will play out.

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