The pathway for League One big guns Sunderland, Ipswich and Portsmouth to try and sign Israeli striker Guy Melamed just got a bit easier as his departure from St. Johnstone has been confirmed.
The Scottish Cup and League Cup winners announced Melamed was one of three players to be leaving McDiarmid Park this summer upon the expiration of their contract, with the 29-year-old’s time in Perth coming to an end after less than a year.
Melamed scored seven times in 23 appearances for the Saints, but towards the end of the campaign he was more frequently on the substitutes bench.
Football Insider reported over two months ago that Melamed was a target for a trio of League One clubs in the Black Cats, Pompey and the Tractor Boys, and now he’s a free agent that means one less club is in the running for him as Callum Davidson’s team seemingly pulled their offer to him or the player rejected it.
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It remains to be seen if those clubs are still interested in the striker, but what we do know is that Ipswich have apparently moved on to different targets with Charlie Wyke at the top of Paul Cook’s radar.
With a goalscoring record of just over one in every three games for St. Johnstone, Melamed would surely be a good signing for a top League One club, but Scottish form doesn’t always translate itself over to the English leagues.
Melamed clearly has an eye for goal and Sunderland may bring him in as an option up-front – not necessarily as the number one striker or Charlie Wyke’s replacement but the Black Cats already delved into the market north of the border in January for Ross Stewart, so it would be no shock if they were to do it again.
But the initial interest was that long ago that all three clubs may have now moved on in their pursuit for reinforcements – nevertheless Melamed’s agency teased a decision being made in the near future so it’s one to keep an eye on.