Sunderland have been linked with a potential move for Northampton Town captain Charlie Goode, according to the Northampton Chronicle.
Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson could look to the transfer market this summer as he seeks to bolster his squad options ahead of the 2020/21 season.
An eighth-placed finish in League One last term saw Sunderland fail for a second consecutive season to get out of the division and pressure will firmly be on Parkinson to deliver the goods next term.
He appears to be determined to address his defensive options judging by the reported interest in Goode, with the renewal of Tom Flanagan’s contract a positive step towards bolstering the Wearsiders’ defensive ranks.
With transfer gossip now starting to develop, Goode has been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light.
The Northampton captain led his team to promotion from League Two last month via the play-off final and his performances have now led to interest from both Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers, according to Sky Sports’ northeast correspondent Keith Downie.
Downie added that the 24-year-old centre-back is valued at £750,000, despite Transfermarkt having his value currently set at £90,000.
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has approached Northampton Town for their captain Charlie Goode. QPR also interested. The centre back is valued at £750,000.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 29, 2020
Judging by Downie’s tweet, Sunderland appear to be third in line in terms of the interested clubs in Goode and, if his value is set at just under the £1m mark, you would expect the Black Cats’ interest to disappear in the wake of the Championship duo.
Goode had a superb season last term, scoring three goals from defence in 36 league starts, and a move to the Championship would be a superb reward for his hard-work and consistency. Unfortunately, it would also mean Sunderland missing out on him.
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