Sunderland are one of a number of clubs reportedly interested in signing Queens Park Rangers right-back Todd Kane this summer.
The Lowdown: Kane moving on?
The 27-year-old was a solid performer for the west London club during the 2020/21 season, making 28 Championship appearances, but a move away from Loftus Road could be on the cards.
Kane’s current QPR deal expires in the summer of 2022, meaning this could be their last opportunity to receive a fee for the defender, rather than lose him for free next year.
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The Latest: Sunderland eye up move
According to London Football News, Sunderland are interested in snapping up Kane in the next transfer window, with Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth also believed to be in the mix.
The Englishman is a former Chelsea trainee and has also enjoyed spells with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers, Preston, Bristol City and Hull City in the past.
The Verdict: A shrewd addition?
Lee Johnson may be keen on adding depth and quality to his squad in the summer having fallen just short of promotion this term, making Kane a potentially solid signing, given his experience in the Football League.
Bringing in an out and out right-back seems like a no-brainer, considering Johnson used several players in that spot throughout this season, including Lynden Gooch, usually a midfielder, who started at right-back against Lincoln.
Kane won an average of 0.8 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per game in the league in 2020/21, whereas Gooch’s figures were 0.6 and o.2, respectively, suggesting he could be an upgrade on the versatile ace.
Like Gooch, Kane can also play in midfield, but the fact that his defensive performances are superior is surely what has the Black Cats calling.
In other news, there has been a key update on the future of Sunderland manager Lee Johnson. Read more here.
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