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Is Tom Beadling doing enough to earn a contract U-turn at Sunderland?

The Australian youngster has been in good form since joining Dunfermline Athletic.

Mathew Nash

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There has not been much to smile about at Sunderland this season. It has been another drab campaign at the Stadium of Light, with first Simon Grayson and now Chris Coleman failing to turn around the fortunes of an ailing side.

Sunderland are now looking doomed to relegation and League One beckons. With that in mind, it is time to start looking toward next season and what could be some positives for Sunderland.

Whilst relegation will be a big blow, they can also be hopeful that some of their young players will step up and take advantage of a chance at a lower level.

(during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur U21 and Sunderland U21 at White Hart Lane on April 11, 2016 in London, England.

One player who will be hoping to do just that is Tom Beadling. The Australian youth international headed to Dunfermline Athletic of the Scottish Championship in January on loan until the end of the season.

Since his move to Scotland, he has shown some great form for The Pars. Working under former Sunderland midfielder Allan Johnston he has shown a new sign of his game north of the border.

The 22-year-old, who is best known as a central defender, has adapted to playing in what is often an attacking midfield role with the Scottish side.

When he made the move to Dunfermline, the Chronicle reported this was the end of his Sunderland career, with his contract expiring in the summer.

(13 May 1998: Allan Johnston of Sunderland gets away from Paul Devlin of Sheffield United during the Nationwide League Divison One play-off at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England. Sunderland won the match 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport

But given he has performed well and added an extra string to his bow, Sunderland must surely consider keeping him on for at least one more year.

Cost-cutting is expected at the Stadium of Light this summer, but the 22-year-old’s salary is unlikely to be a major burden on affairs on Wearside.

Sunderland could have a very useful player on their hands for League One if the were to keep Beadling on past the summer. But if not, he will undoubtedly have suitors after his good form in Scotland.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves’ incoming recruit Joao Moutinho was once targeted as Luka Modric replacement

Wolves are set to sign the Portugal star for just £5 million.

Mathew Nash

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In many ways, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ impending deal to sign Joao Moutinho from Monaco is no surprise. The Portuguese international is a client of Jorge Mendes who has helped bring many stars to Molineux in recent months.

On the other hand, it is a massive shock. Moutinho only signed a new deal with Monaco at the end of March. Then there is the price-tag. According to Sky Sports, the deal is worth £5 million between the two clubs.

Moutinho has, in the past, been valued considerably higher.

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When Tottenham Hotspur agreed on a deal to sign him in 2012 the fee was £24 million. In the end, he decided he did not want to leave Porto that summer leaving Tottenham without a Luka Modric replacement.  

He ended up joining Monaco a year later for a similar fee and over the years has been heralded as one of European football’s more understated midfield dynamos.

Considering Everton are about to pay ten times as much to bring in Richarlison from Watford, it highlights how good a deal this is for Wolves.

Moutinho succeeds nearly everywhere he plays, even on an international level where he won Euro 2016 with his nation. But even if he doesn’t at Wolves, the price-tag is so low it was worth the risk.

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Leeds United round-up: Saiz wanted, Vydra and Hernandez deals rumble on, Machuca unveiled

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

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Saiz-able offer

Leeds United are fending off admirers in Spanish talent Samuel Saiz. According to Fichajes, he was wanted by three La Liga clubs this summer. The talented playmaker has courted the interest of former club Huesca, Getafe and Valencia.

The latter are said to have made a bid of £8.9 million for his services, whilst Getafe have also made Leeds an offer.

However, the report claims that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has absolutely no desire to sell the 27-year-old, who he sees as key to Leeds’ hopes this season.

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Demands must change

Leeds have not yet given up on signing either Matej Vydra or Abel Hernandez this summer, according to YEP journalist Phil Hay.

Leeds offered a contract to free agent Hernandez and had a £11 million bid accepted for Czech talent Vydra.

However, both could not agree on personal terms with Leeds as finances proved a major stumbling block.

Hay claims that no deal will go through unless either player drops their demands.

Machuca unveiled

Alejandro Machuca has been unveiled by his new club, after leaving Leeds on loan. The under-23 star has joined Burgos of Spain’s third-tier for the upcoming season.

The attacker was signed last July from Rayo Vallecano and played a prominent role in Carlos Corberan’s team last season.

He will now hope for regular football back in Spain.

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Leeds United reject Samuel Saiz bid but valuation can’t be far off being met

Three La Liga clubs want to sign Samuel Saiz from Leeds this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Leeds United appear to have a fight on their hands keeping hold of Samuel Saiz this summer. Fichajes reports that three teams in La Liga want the Spanish playmaker.

His former club Huesca are said to be keen. However, it is Getafe and Valencia who appear the most dangerous threats. The latter have even reportedly offered a fee close to €10 million (£8.9 million) for his services.

The report claims that new Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is not willing to sell Saiz this summer. He clearly sees the Spaniard as a crucial figure for the season ahead and rightly so.

The 27-year-old is one of the more naturally gifted talents in the Leeds first-team squad. Letting him leave would be a huge dent in the West Yorkshire side’s promotion plans.

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But whilst Leeds fans should revel in the club’s dismissal of these bids there will also be trepidation.

Whilst £8.9 million might not be enough, Leeds will struggle to reject much more.

Eventually, every player has a price and £8.9 million is getting pretty close to Saiz’s.

He was fantastic in the early parts of last season for Leeds. However, after receiving a six-game ban for spitting his momentum halted and his form dipped off.

At the moment Leeds can’t sell, as the club’s squad depth is too small. But if new recruits come in and that offer for Saiz goes in excess of £10 million, history would suggest Leeds will make a deal.

Hopefully, Leeds initial dismissal has put off the potential suitors for this summer.

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