Former Sunderland boss Simon Grayson is considering making a January loan bid for Black Cats striker Will Grigg, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (15/12; page 61).
There is no question that Grigg has been an underwhelming signing at the Stadium of Light. He joined the club for £4 million in January (via BBC Sport) as Jack Ross looked to get the side across the line in the promotion race.
Unfortunately, he managed just five goals during the second-half of the campaign and Sunderland endured play-off agony. And his form has continued to disappoint this term.
His most recent goal came back in October. Nevertheless, it appears that he is attracting interest heading into the January transfer window.
According to The Sun on Sunday (15/12; page 61), Blackpool are interested in loaning Grigg if they can reach an agreement on how to split his wages.
It is noted that Sunderland may be open to letting Grigg go with Phil Parkinson potentially looking to bring some of his own targets in when the window opens.
TBR View – Risk may be worth taking for Sunderland
It is certainly a gamble for Sunderland to loan Grigg to Grayson’s men. Blackpool sit fifth in the table after Saturday’s draw between the two sides.
And if Grayson can get the best out of the Northern Ireland international, the Tangerines may be in with a fantastic chance of sealing promotion.
Nevertheless, it may be a risk worth taking for Sunderland – but only on one condition. A move to Bloomfield Road needs to leave Parkinson with the means to strengthen.
Grigg has struggled. But there is little point letting him go on loan if it does not open the door for new signings coming in.
Sunderland are definitely not out of the promotion race, but January could be crucial. And they should only be prepared to let Grigg leave if his departure paves the way for a replacement to arrive.