Sunderland are set to announce the signing of Josh Hawkes on a free transfer, according to TEAMtalk.
With the new League One season underway, Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson will begin to feel the pressure as the need for results becomes important for a potential promotion run.
An opening day draw with Bristol Rovers left little to the imagination and it now seems that Parkinson has moved to add a new face to his squad as his transfer activity continues.
Hawkes, who saw his contract expire with National League side Hartlepool United at the end of June has been linked with a whole host of clubs including Burnley, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Barnsley.
TEAMtalk do report that Sunderland’s bitter rivals Newcastle were growing keen to make a move whilst also claiming late interest from Leeds United had emerged in the young midfielder.
Hawkes will become Parkinson’s eighth summer arrival after seeing the likes of Aiden O’Brien and Danny Graham arrive on Wearside.
With all the interested reported in Hawkes, this move will prove a big statement from Sunderland and one fans can get excited about.
Hawkes had a superb season last term and has certainly established himself as one of the most exciting non-league players at the present time.
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