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Report: Sunderland face battle as Aberdeen join race for Dylan McGeouch

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Report: Sunderland face battle as Aberdeen join race for Dylan McGeouch

Dylan McGeouch only joined Sunderland from Hibernian last summer. But he could return to Scotland just one year later.

Sunderland might struggle to hold onto Dylan McGeouch this summer. According to The Daily Record, McGeouch is a summer target for Scottish Premiership outfit Aberdeen.

Derek McInnes is looking for ways of improving his midfield options. Graeme Shinnie left this summer, although Craig Bryson has been brought in on a free transfer.

But Bryson is currently out injured and so is Stephen Gleeson. Meanwhile, Dominic Ball has departed. With Aberdeen short in midfield, McGeouch has emerged as a transfer target.

McInnes has been a long-term admirer of the ex-Celtic midfielder and could now make his move. After missing out last summer, Aberdeen could finally land McGeouch.

Dylan McGeouch at Sunderland

(Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United)

McGeouch joined Sunderland instead of Aberdeen last summer after leaving Hibernian. He joined on a one-year deal which has since been extended by another year.

 

In his one season at The Stadium of Light, McGeouch had a mixed spell. Frustration was combined with some exceptional performances but he only played 30 times, including 22 league games.

The twice-capped Scotland midfielder might fancy a return to the Scottish top-flight to enhance his international ambitions. And with Sunderland needing to trim their wage bill, this move could be on the cards.

TBR’s view

Ross used McGeouch sparingly, preferring Grant Leadbitter, Lee Cattermole and Max Power in central midfield. With Luke O’Nien also able to play there and Elliot Embleton returning, Sunderland’s midfield is stocked even if McGeouch leaves.

The 26-year-old clearly has talent but he did not show it consistently enough. But after failing to win promotion, preserving the finances is vital. Perhaps it is time to part ways with McGeouch – at the right price.

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