Sunderland fans have been moping around the Transfer Tavern for a while now, but Record’s report surrounding Andreas Samaris has cheered a few up this afternoon.
The Portuguese outlet are claiming that the club have reached an agreement in principle with Benfica for the signature of the midfielder for a fee of around €20m (£17.3m) ahead of the summer, which would make him the Black Cats’ most expensive addition ever, edging out the 2016 purchase of Didier N’Dong for close to £14m.
Alas, there is a hair in the soup in that Samaris will only relocate to the Stadium of Light if David Moyes can keen the Wearside club in the Premier League, which is a big ask given they are rock-bottom of the Premier League and seven points adrift of safety with 10 games to play.
It is understood that the Greek ace would not be open to playing in the Championship, while Sunderland themselves will find it hard to justify such an outlay if they are out of the top tier.
Is this the year Sunderland finally get relegated?