Shrewsbury Town manager Sam Ricketts admitted that he came close to signing Will Grigg in January and hasn’t ruled out another move for the striker in summer, the Shropshire Star reports.
The Black Cats let some high-profile players leave in the January transfer window, such as Aiden McGeady, but Will Grigg is one prominent player who remains despite interest also emerging from Swindon and Salford.
Ricketts’ comments show the desire he had to sign the Northern Ireland international, suggesting his arrival would have been a big statement for a club like Shrewsbury.
Speaking to the Shropshire Star, he said:
“Conor (McAleny) was one of the attacking threats we wanted to get in and there were three others – Will was one of those. We were real close to achieving that.”
“Will Grigg wanted to come. I tell you now if three-quarters of the league wanted him it’d be an understatement.
“I don’t know if the opportunity will be gone in the summer but we’ll see.”
It will be intriguing to see if the League One outfit act on their interest again as the Salop boss indicates that he is still keen.
Ricketts should perhaps be a little more confident of his chances of signing the 28-year-old given that Grigg has failed to feature in almost two months, so is clearly not part of Phil Parkinson’s plans. Indeed, perhaps a Sunderland promotion would likely make him even more redundant to the team, given the likely step-up in quality in the Championship.
It seems unlikely that Grigg will be able to turn around his current form of one goal in 19 league games, particularly as Sunderland have lost just once in the last 12 games that Charlie Wyke has started.
As a result, the forward’s future may still be uncertain at this point, but the likelihood is that his time in the north-east is probably drawing to a close.
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