Sunderland have joined Oxford United with interest in Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards, according to a report by Football Insider.
Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson will face a tricky summer transfer window as he embarks on a mission to build a squad capable of gaining promotion from League One to the Championship next season.
Sunderland missed out on promotion for the second year in a row after the League One season ended via a points-per-game system which saw the Wearsiders drop to eighth in the league standings.
Player exits and arrivals are now expected at the Stadium of Light and Football Insider has reported that Parkinson is keen to bring in Ipswich winger Edwards.
The 27-year-old Welsh winger had only a moderate 2019/20 campaign with Paul Lambert’s side, appearing 27 times in which he scored twice and assisted one goal.
He recently signed a new contract at the Suffolk club in May 2020 which commits him to Ipswich until the summer of 2021. Edwards’ transfer status is unknown, with Transfermarkt giving him a current market value of £720k.
Whilst Sunderland have emerged with interest, it is also claimed that Oxford United are in the hunt for the winger, although they will have their attention firmly on the play-off semi-final encounter with Portsmouth.
Edwards’ statistics are hardly mouth-watering and the fact that he has played for Ipswich, another League One club who suffered such bad form towards the end of the season, may raise further eyebrows as to Sunderland’s reported interest in him.
Parkinson needs to ensure that every player he signs is going to impress, not only for a short while but over a prolonged period.
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