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Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has offered striker Will Grigg to Shrewsbury Town, as part of a bid for midfielder Oliver Norburn according to a report by Football Insider.
With the Black Cats unable to agree a fee with the Shrews for Norburn, they have now offered the out-of-favour striker in an attempt to sweeten the deal, after Grigg struggled to make an impact since arriving at the Stadium of Light.
So would a part exchange deal involving Norburn and Grigg prove good business for all concerned?
“This would be a serious coup for Shrewsbury, but are Sunderland really that desperate for a new midfielder?
“There is no doubting that Norburn has impressed with the Shrews this season but with the likes of George Dobson, Bali Mumba, Grant Leadbitter and Luke O’Nien all there to play in midfield it strikes me as a tad unnecessary.
“Sunderland fans will no much more than me, however, and with Grigg likely to be desperate for a move away, there is certainly an element of the deal which makes sense.
“It will certainly be a very interesting one to watch and it may well come down to whether Norburn feels a move to Sunderland will actually be of benefit to him.”
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“This could turn out to be a wise move by Sunderland as Grigg’s stint at the Stadium of Light has been disastrous.
“Since joining the club from Wigan last year, the forward has only managed to score eight goals in 48 appearances in all competitions.
“Currently behind the likes of Charlie Wyke and Marc McNulty in the pecking order at Sunderland, Grigg may find it beneficial to move to Shrewsbury Town in an exchange deal with Ollie Norburn.
“Providing that Norburn is able to hit the ground running for the Black Cats by repeating the impressive displays that he has produced this season for the Blues this season, he could help the club achieve a top-six finish in May.”
“This suits everyone.
“I think Sunderland need to cut losses and get rid of Grigg before the end of the transfer window, and bringing in a player like Norburn could be a really shrewd piece of business from the Black Cats as they look to narrow the gap between themselves and automatic promotion.
“For more than one reason, things just haven’t worked out for Grigg at Sunderland. A player doesn’t turn into a bad one overnight, but he looks totally shot of confidence every time he steps out onto the field, and as games without goals go by, that will only get worse.
“He has been given so many chances to impress, but those chances are now running out and scoring only eight goals in well over 40 appearances is just not good enough for a £4m player.
“Sunderland, for me, don’t really have enough quality in central midfield and Norburn would add that in abundance. He scores goals, creates goals for his teammates whilst looking solid and adding real steel to the midfield, which would make him the perfect addition for Sunderland and provide adequate service for the likes of Charlie Wyke.”