Mass striker rejections
Sunderland have ben hunting for a new striker today, after Josh Maja’s recent move to Bordeaux.
John Marquis was one potential option. As reported by the Doncaster Free Press, the League One side rejected a £1.25m bid for the player this morning.
His manager Grant McCann has now told the same publication that his phone is off and business is done at the Keepmoat Stadium for the window. He stated that Sunderland ‘could come in with £20m’ for the player but it wouldn’t matter as he is not for sale.
Another option is Plymouth Argyle striker Freddie Ladapo. The Plymouth Herald however reports he is not for sale either and that a £400,000 bid has been rejected for his services.
Leyton Orient talent Josh Koroma is also a target. Again, an initial bid has been rejected. As reported by the East London and West Sussex Guardian, a £300,000 bid has been turned down.
The Bristol Post has also suggested that Matty Taylor is unlikely to join Sunderland whilst the protracted move for Will Grigg also appears dead. Wigan have let Sunderland flop James Vaughan leave for League One rivals Portsmouth, leaving a deal for Grigg unlikely.
So who might Sunderland actually sign?
Mo Eisa seems to be on the radar. As reported by respected journalist Pete O’Rourke, the Bristol City star is wanted along with Gillingham’s Tom Eaves. He also confirmed that Sam Surridge was a target, but Bournemouth did not want to loan the striker. With Marquis, Ladapo, Koroma, Taylor and Grigg he makes it six striker targets Sunderland have failed to sign so far.
Sunderland have signed Lewis Morgan on loan for the rest of the season. As reported by BBC Sport, the 22-year-old Scotland international has joined on a deal until the end of the season.
Morgan previously worked under Sunderland boss Jack Ross at St Mirren.
Ethan Robson has joined Dundee on loan. As reported by Sky Sports, the 22-year-old joins the Scottish side on a deal until the end of the season.