Journalist and Sunderland supporter Josh Bunting is thrilled by a report claiming that the Black Cats will hold out for £10m for Ross Stewart in January.
The Lowdown: £10m price tag
As per Football Insider, Glasgow Rangers and Middlesbrough have been told that they will have to pay £10m to sign Stewart in the January transfer window.
His current deal at the Stadium of Light expires in the summer, and although the club have the option to extend his contract by another 12 months, there have been no successful talks to activate that option as of yet.
The Latest: Bunting thrilled
Taking to Twitter, Bunting was left thrilled by the news of a £10m price tag put on Stewart, as he claims that he is ‘certainly worth’ that amount of money:
“If that 10 million price tag on Ross Stewart is true then that’s brilliant news. Actually great to see us fight to keep a key asset, he’s certainly worth that with what he offers. More than a goal-scorer but he links play, he takes players away with his hold up play and flick-ons.”
The Verdict: Push for more?
Even though Stewart only has a few months left on his contract, Tony Mowbray’s side could even look to push for a bit more than £10m.
Hailed as ‘unbelievable‘ by Black Cats journalist James Copley, the striker played a big part in their promotion from League One last season, scoring a mammoth 26 goals and making a further five assists, including two strikes in the play-offs (Transfermarkt).
Before picking up a nasty injury, he went on an impressive run of five goals and three assists in his opening seven Championship matches this term (Transfermarkt), showing that he belongs at this level.
Selling him not only to a fellow Championship rival in Middlesbrough, but a rival from the North East, would be detrimental, while such a huge Scottish club in Rangers may be too much of a pull for Scotland international Stewart.
Thus, Sunderland should be looking to get the maximum price for the 26-year-old in January if they are resigned to selling him, or better still, try to negotiate a new and improved contract.