According to Sky Sports News reporter and Sunderland fan Tom White (via The Sunderland Echo), the Black Cats are in talks to sign Arsenal’s Ryan Alebiosu on loan.
The Lowdown: Positive start to the new season
The Stadium of Light outfit have started the season positively. Of the six games they have played this term, they have won five and lost one (Sky Sports).
Lee Johnson and co have been busy in the transfer market, bringing in seven new players (Transfermarkt), and it seems they may not be done yet.
The Latest: Sunderland eye Alebiosu
As per White, Sunderland are in talks to bring in Alebiosu from the Gunners.
Speaking to Roker Report (via Sunderland Echo), he revealed the deal is not at an advanced stage, saying:
“We are in for a player from Arsenal called Ryan Alebiosu. Never seen him play, hadn’t heard of him until someone told me about him. We’re in for him but at this stage it’s only in talks. He’s a full-back, don’t even know if he’s right or left.”
The Verdict: Unknown quantity
As White says, Alebiosu is something of an unknown quantity. The 19-year-old is yet to make a single first-team appearance for the London outfit, although he has turned out 46 times for the Premier League’s side’s youth sides. A right-back, he has also played at left-back on occasion according to Transfermarkt.
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It is unclear whether Johnson is looking to capture the teenager to become a starter or long-term project, but his experience with a club at the highest level could come in handy as Sunderland look to earn promotion to the Championship. It remains to be seen whether the Black Cats get a deal over the line.
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