Phil Parkinson is hoping that Sunderland can agree a quick deal for Bolton Wanderers defender Harry Brockbank, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (19/1; page 63).
The Black Cats have brought themselves right back into the promotion mix with four wins in five games. It has certainly taken the pressure off Parkinson who looked to have lost a large section of the fanbase in the early stages of his tenure.
Sunderland have brought in one signing in Kyle Lafferty. And Parkinson is seemingly hoping to add a second in the near future.
The Sun on Sunday (19/1; page 63) reports that the club want Brockbank, and are hoping to do a quick deal for the 21-year-old.
The report notes that Parkinson gave the defender a contract and the captaincy while in charge of the Trotters.
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Brockbank has seemingly rejected the chance to join Sunderland once before. The Bolton News reported in the summer that the Black Cats were one of the sides keen on signing the youngster while he was out of contract.
He decided to stay with Bolton and sign a two-year contract. And, as reported by The Bolton News, he insisted that the Trotters were the only team he wanted to play for.
His comments suggest that he may be the kind of player who would only choose to leave if it benefitted Bolton.
That could make Sunderland’s task tricky if that is the case.
But with Parkinson’s men in contention to head to the Championship as Bolton edge closer to League Two, perhaps Brockbank may be more tempted to consider moving this time around if the Black Cats come calling again.