Ipswich Town have made a ‘final approach’ for Sunderland target Luke Garbutt, according to East Anglian Daily Times.
Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson will attempt to put together a squad capable of gaining promotion from League One to the Championship next year, having finished 8th in England’s third tier.
Looking to improve his squad, Parkinson has already sealed deals for Bailey Wright and Aiden O’Brien, whilst also agreeing a new contract with Tom Flanagan, and interest in Garbutt has been developing over the last few weeks.
The 27-year-old left Everton this summer due to his contract expiration and the left-back has gained plenty of interest with Sunderland’s League One rivals Ipswich also said to be keen.
East Anglian Daily Times have now reported that a ‘final approach’ has been made by Ipswich for the defender who spent time on loan at Portman Road last season.
Having made 28 appearances in the league for Paul Lambert’s side last term, Ipswich are possibly the club most likely to sign Garbutt this summer and the report also goes on to add that the Tractor Boys are expecting a decision from the footballer over his future before next weekend.
Valued at £540,000 by website Transfermarkt, the Harrogate born defender is available for free.
Sunderland, who are battling with Ipswich for Garbutt are also locked in a transfer tussles with their League One rivals for keeper Remi Matthews and striker Danny Graham, according to reports.
It does appear that Garbutt is most likely to join Ipswich given his time spent at the club already, but a late and improved bid from Sunderland could change that.
Parkinson will need to do that quickly though as the next seven days seem to be deciding ones for Garbutt. Looking at his stats, he is certainly a player who performs well at League One level and despite being a defender he still managed five goals and three assists in 28 league outings last term.
The Black Cats should do all they can to try and pip their rivals to his signature.
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