According to the BBC, Sunderland have accepted a £2 million bid from Swansea for Joel Asoro.
The versatile forward has been one of the few bright spots at the Stadium of Light in recent seasons, but with the 19-year-old entering the final year of his current contract with the Black Cats, the club appear to have decided to cash in on the teenaged attacker.
Those funds raised from Asoro’s sale can now be reinvested by Jack Ross into the big squad rebuild required to prepare Sunderland for life in League One.
One replacement option on the table is Huddersfield’s Jordy Hiwula, who is being linked away from the Terriers this summer. According to HITC, several Championship and League One sides are interested in signing the 23-year-old.
Hiwula joined Huddersfield from Manchester City in 2015, but never managed to break into the first team at the John Smith’s Stadium, aside from a single substitute appearance in a cup game.
Despite his lack of opportunities at Huddersfield, Hiwula has consistently impressed across a series of loan spells with League One clubs. He has already found the net for Yeovil, Walsall, Wigan Athletic, Bradford City and Fleetwood Town in his young career.
Whilst some Championship outfits appear interested in signing the former England under-19 international, a club of Sunderland’s stature may be able to convince him to stick around in League One a while longer. He could turn out to be the man capable of firing the Black Cats back into the second tier himself.
With a Transfermarkt valuation of £225k, Hiwula looks to be the perfect, ready made Asoro replacement if Sunderland can get this deal over the line.