In the summer Sunderland were being heavily linked with a move for Swiss striker Florian Kamberi. The new Sunderland boss Jack Ross had seen what the forward was capable of in Scottish football during a loan spell at Hibernian.
Sunderland made a six-figure bid to sign the player, as reported by the Roker Report. However, according to the Scottish Sun, the Black Cats were not ready to meet a £1.7 million asking price to bring him in from Grasshoppers.
The player himself later confirmed he would not have considered Sunderland as he wanted a move to Hibs and did not want to play in League One.
In the end, despite Sunderland being told he would cost £1.7 million, Hibs managed to sign him for a reported fee of just £100,000, after agreeing a buy-out in his previous loan deal.
Sunderland will no doubt wish they got their man after his brilliant start to the season so far.
“Sunderland didn’t interest me. It was League One. Even if it’s a big club I don’t want to play in a small league.
“I want to play in the first league and I had an opportunity to do that here with Hibs, so it was clear to me that Sunderland was not an option.”
The 23-year-old has been in fine form, especially in Europe, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in 12 games in total for Neil Lennon’s men. Against Hamilton at the weekend, in a 6-0 win for Hibs, he provided four assists and scored one of the goals in an exceptional display.
Sunderland eventually signed Charlie Wyke from Bradford instead, but he has suffered a knee injury ruling him out until December.
Despite the form of Josh Maja, having the sensational Kamberi in their squad would undoubtedly have helped Sunderland push on in their bid for promotion this term.