Former Manchester United defender Demetri Mitchell is ‘unlikely‘ to join Sunderland this summer due to a problem over his age and the salary cap, according to Phil Smith.
Available on a free transfer, Mitchell featured in the second half of Blackpool’s 3-3 draw with Premier League side Everton last Saturday.
Aside from Sunderland and Blackpool’s interest, Luton have also been linked with a move for the ex-Old Trafford youngster.
With Mitchell having trained with Sunderland and been on trial with Blackpool, fans asked Sunderland Echo writer Phil Smith for his opinion on the potential of signing the young defender.
“Mitchell made a positive impression during his trial but I think the fact that he would count towards the age gap being aged 23 hasn’t helped.
“Whenever he’s been asked about transfers recently, Parkinson has spoken of it being a jigsaw puzzle. Every deal done now will have a direct impact on what Sunderland can do in other positions as they look to stay within the cap.
“Jack Diamond looked lively in the left wing-back position on Tuesday but clearly it’s not his preferred role and Parkinson was clear after the game in stating that he was still in the market for another option.
“What direction he’ll take is still unclear. Denver Hume has been developing well and while he still has much to work on, he’s looked very lively again in pre-season and one of his team’s main attacking threats.
“It’s a balance between getting cover and competition for him, but not stunting his development. With Luke Garbutt, we saw the club targeting someone who would have expected to be a starter had he signed. With that deal now highly unlikely due to the cap, I expect the profile of the targets in this position to change.
“It makes sense to look possible at loan or U21 options in this position, which could allow for greater reinvestment in other areas (up front, for example). I think that explains why we’ve seen Mitchell on trial elsewhere of late.
“Never say never as I think the key decisions are still to be made. It’s definitely safe to say there are other targets beyond Mitchell & Garbutt.”
Mitchell’s move is seemingly completely off now with very little happening in terms of bringing him to the club. Financial restraints have caused a problem for most League One and League Two clubs and Sunderland are no exception.
With Smith also confirming that they won’t be bringing in Luke Garbutt either, it means that Parkinson must now identify another left-back if he wishes to bolster this position.
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