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Roma for Rodwell?

Jack Rodwell is reportedly in Italy ahead of a shock medical at Roma. 

Rodwell was a promising youngster starring for Everton at just sixteen years old. The England international was playing for Everton u18’s at just fourteen years old before making his first team debut in the Europa League against AZ.

After two impressive seasons at Goodison Park, Manchester City came calling and the Sky Blues got their man for a large £15million. Unluckily for the versatile defender, his time at the Etihad was scuppered by injuries and he was moved on the then Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

The Black cats acquired his services for around £10million in 2014. The twenty-eight-year-old stayed at the Stadium of Light for four years making sixty-seven appearances in the process. Despite spending four years at the club, it was relatively unsuccessful spell and he was released in 2018. Then, he joined Blackburn on a free and he impressed but was left without a club this summer.

So, after failing to impress since his time at Everton, it is a bit of a shock the Roma have come calling. Roma aren’t famed for having a great defence but even still, Rodwell is a shot in the dark.

If he rediscovers his form and stays clear of injury, can he  become a top Serie A player?

Sunderland Sack Jack Ross…

Somewhat surprisingly, yesterday Sunderland Boss Jack Ross had his contract terminated by the club.

Surprising because the season is still early and despite a poor start to the season, the black cats had managed to climb up the table, currently sitting in a playoff position.

They have 19 points from their 11 games and a plus, albeit small goal difference, of 2. They have lost just 2 matches… Hardly relegation form you’ll agree.

The club decided to terminate Ross’ contract with immediate effect and want to move forward in a different direction. Ross did extrememly well to stabalise a club, which was in free fall and had suffered back to back relegations, prior to his arrival.

In his first season, having rebuilt well, he guided the club to a checkatrade trophy final, where they were narrowly beaten by Portsmouth on penalties and the League 1 play off final where again they lost narrowly to Charlton 2-1.

Ross is by no means a bad manager, he forged his name north of the border and leaves Sunderland with his held high. He has a good win percentage of 50% and there are plenty of managers with a far worse win ratio still in employment, and whose clubs are far worse off than Sunderland.

It remains to be seen, who will take up the new post.

Northern Irish striker linked to Wearside.

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty is being tipped with a move to Sunderland from Scottish Premiership club Hearts.

Lafferty formally of Norwich City,Rangers and Burnley is being lined up by the Black Cats who only have two senior strikers at the club in the form of Josh Maja and Joel Asoro who are both only aged 18.

Following the departure of James Vaughan to Wigan Athletic and Lewis Grabban cutting his loan spell short the North East side are desperate to add options in attack.

Lafferty who was the key figure in Hearts ending Celtic’s 69 game unbeaten domestic run to an end could add yet another club to his seemingly never ending list . Coleman is said to be a big fan of the man from Enniskillen.

He has scored 7 goals in 21 games so far this season for Hearts and is settled in Scotland but a move to Sunderland could tempt him with a better calibre of football on show in the Sky Bet Championship.

Coleman also confirmed on Thursday night his second signing of the window Brighton winger Kazenga Lua Lua has linked up with the club.

Lua Lua is a very good signing as he has the attributes needed in the division to succeed with his pace and this is exactly what the Red and White need in attack.

Lua Lua who started his career at rivals Newcastle United will have to start well with the Black Cats due to the pressure on his young shoulders.

He has plenty of goal scoring experience in the league so he should be one that the players around him should be looking to supply with clear cut chances as he wowed the Amex on many occasions with his finishing.

Other Sunderland targets being dished around are Ben Marshall from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Andy Lonergan from Leeds the goalkeeper looks set for the Stadium of light in a deal that will send Aiden McGeady the other way and Chris Martin from Derby County.

If Coleman signs all his targets mentioned the club should have no problem in staying up in the relegation dogfight.

Sunderland fans would you like to see Kyle Lafferty at the Stadium of Light? Let us know in the comments section…



Walters to check in at the Stadium of Light!

Jon Walters is set to become Chris Coleman’s second signing as manager of Sunderland AFC after bringing in Jake Clarke-Salter on loan from Chelsea.
Walters is expected to join the Black Cats on an 18-month contract from Burnley he will replace the outgoing James Vaughan who joined League One club Wigan Athletic early on Friday afternoon.

The Republic of Ireland striker would be an excellent addition to the side as Sunderland are left with only one fit striker in the form of 18-year-old Josh Maja after Lewis Grabban cut his loan spell short earlier this month as he returned to parent club AFC Bournemouth.

Walters would certainly link up well with Sunderland and Irish teammate Aiden McGeady, Coleman has said he is “Pretty Close “to bringing two new strikers into the club and fans at the Stadium of Light are excited by the prospect of Walters leading the line.
Currently bottom of the Sky Bet Championship this is a major coup for the club showing that they are still looked upon as one of the biggest clubs in English football.

This is an excellent move for not only the club but the player as he was frozen out at Turf Moor due to injury earlier this season this will give him a chance to get his confidence back and he is sure to score plenty of goals in the second tier of English football.
Walters does not only bring goals but his hold up play is what Sunderland have lacked this campaign to his strength will bring the wingers into play to float more crosses into opposition boxes all over the country.

The 34 is sure to be a fans favourite as he never gives up on the pitch he puts 100% effort into every match he plays pressing opposition defenders high up the pitch.

This is one that Sunderland fans should get excited about.


Are Wolves set to sign this prolific striker to help fire them to the Premier League?

Its safe to say that Wolverhampton Wanderers are running away in the Championship right now, as they are 12 points clear of second place Derby County and 18 clear of Leeds United who occupy the final playoff spot.

They have amassed 50 goals so far this season, and despite striker, Leo Bonatini being the third top scorer in the league with 12 goals manager Nuno Espirito Santo is still looking to bring in extra bodies to support him. The club have been linked with former player Robbie Keane this week who currently plays his football in India and even though it could be a fairytale return for the Irishman, the club should also look to sign Lewis Grabban.

Lewis Grabban – The striker has been in fantastic form this season for Sunderland netting 12 goals in 20 games, but has cut his loan move from AFC Bournemouth short and it is thought to be the case that the ‘Cherries’ will look to sell the forward this month.

Having already proved he can score goals at this level with the ‘Black Cats’, he would be the perfect signing for Wolves and help share the burden with Leo Bonatini and help secure Wolves return to the top flight.

Wolves fans would you like to see your club sign Lewis Grabben this month? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…