Don’t worry Sunderland fans, it seems like it’s going to be a busy summer in the Transfer Tavern.
New boss, Jack Ross has got straight down to work since joining the club. He has already signed three players – Alim Ozturk, Jon McLaughlin and Chris Maguire – as he looks to rebuild his squad ahead of next season. The next player on the list for Ross is Burton Albion defender Tom Flanagan.
The Chronicle is reporting that Sunderland are closing in on the signing of 26-year-old. A product of the Milton Keynes Dons’ youth academy, Flanagan was released in 2015 following unsuccessful loan spells at Kettering, Gillingham, Barnet, Stevenage and Plymouth.
He joined Burton Albion in 2015 on a free transfer where he rejuvenated his career. Following his superb performances that year, Flanagan was called up by Michael O’Neill to the Northern Ireland squad.
That season, Flanagan helped Albion win promotion to the Championship, however, his most recent season with Albion resulted in relegation to League One and his subsequent release from the club.
Sunderland’s defence at the moment is lacking numbers. Paddy McNair has left the club and Lamine Kone looks likely to leave the club. Moreover, considering the number of goals Sunderland conceded last season (80), the Wearside club will be looking to get as much help as they can for next season.
A big benefit of Flanagan is his ability to play across the back four and thus give Sunderland some cover across a threadbare defence. Moreover, at 26 and experienced in the Championship, Flanagan is entering the prime years of his career and knows what it takes to win in the league.