Sunderland fans in the Transfer Tavern have had to endure a terrible few seasons with back-to-back relegations. However, with the appointment of former St Mirren manager Jack Ross and a potential rebuild of the squad, things could be looking up for the Black Cats.
Ross has wasted no time in utilising his knowledge and connections from Scottish football and made former Hearts captain Alim Ozturk his first signing of the summer. Sunderland were able to secure the 25-year-old on a free transfer after he left Turkish side Boluspor.
The Scottish Sun have also reported that Sunderland are in pole-position to make another free transfer signing this week. Scotland international Dylan McGeouch has held talks at the Black Cats’ training ground after leaving Hibernian at the end of his contract.
McGeouch is a naturally talented, ball-playing midfielder who was instrumental in Hibs finishing fourth in the Scottish Premiership last season, securing the Easter Road outfit the final Europa League qualification place.
Having struggled with injuries earlier in his career, the 25-year-old seems to have put any problems behind him and played 42 times in all competitions last season for Hibs. He also made his international debut for Scotland in May this year during a 2-0 friendly defeat to Peru.
The Scotsman would represent a huge coup for Ross and Sunderland, with Rangers, Aberdeen, Blackburn and QPR all also interested and he would certainly play a large part in the push for promotion next season.