Sunderland have reportedly made a contract offer to Republic of Ireland international Aiden O’Brien, who is available on a free transfer.
Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson desperately needs to improve his attacking options ahead of next season, having seen the likes of Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke fail to find consistent form and Kyle Lafferty, Antoine Semenyo and Duncan Watmore all leave.
The Northern Echo reported of Sunderland’s interest and claimed that representatives from both camps have met with each other to discuss a potential move.
O’Brien, who is a free agent following his release from Championship side Millwall at the end of the season, appeared 18 times in the league last term, netting three goals. Having featured five times for his national side, the 26-year-old can play anywhere along the forward line.
During his career with Millwall, O’Brien spent time on loan with Staines Town, Hayes and Yeading United, Crawley Town, Aldershot Town and Torquay United, as per Transfermarkt.
Aside from the interest shown in O’Brien, the report from The Northern Echo also mentioned a potential move for Bailey Wright, who is available on a free transfer following his release from Bristol City.
The Northern Echo add an update on Wright’s potential move, saying that the defender’s representatives have spoken to a number of interested clubs.
O’Brien, who is valued at £428,000 by Transfermarkt, would be a naturally good option for Phil Parkinson this summer, especially given that he is available on a free transfer.
A versatile attacking option with international experience, the former Millwall man could provide goals and assists next term, having plundered 44 and 16 respectively in his time at The Den.
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