Sunderland have missed out on the chance of signing Charlie Goode after the former Northampton Town defender completed a switch to Championship side Brentford.
Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson will address a number of areas that need improvement in his squad this summer and the 52-year-old coach has already completed the signings of two players in Bailey Wright and Aiden O’Brien.
Following those deals, interest in Goode emerged last month after the defender had an impressive season with Northampton Town.
The former Cobblers captain led his team to promotion from League Two last month via the play-off final and those performances prompted transfer interest from a whole host of Championship and League One clubs.
However, Sunderland boss Parkinson has now missed out on the chance to sign the £1m-valued defender after news emerged about his move to Brentford.
BBC Sport confirm that the 25-year-old defender has completed an undisclosed switch to the Championship outfit.
The defender has agreed a four-year contract with the Bees and the transfer fee is reported to be a club record sale for Northampton.
“He is an aggressive defender and a big aerial threat in both boxes,” head coach Thomas Frank said on Brentford’s official website.
“He has good quality on the ball which we feel we can develop further within our style of play. We are sure he will grow with us over the coming years.”
Sunderland were never going to contend with the likes of Brentford for the signature of Goode, after all the Bees were Championship play-off finalists last season and will be amongst the favourites for promotion to the Premier League in 2020/21.
With the salary cap and financial restraints causing problems on Wearside, it remains to be seen just who Phil Parkinson can lure to the club.
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