Sunderland are among an extensive list of clubs looking at a potential summer move for Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes.
The Black Cats were hit with the news that they would not be able to take on the challenge of gaining a promotion place after League One season was ended yesterday via a points-per-game system. The news means that Sunderland will now spend the summer preparing for a third successive season in England’s third tier, a drastic drop down from their long-standing Premier League status not to long ago.
Whilst the future of owner Stewart Donald, manager Phil Parkinson and some of the club’s players could be up for debate, it has now stopped reports of transfer interest in Dykes.
The 24-year-old has been in superb form this season, becoming a key player at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Netting 12 goals and adding 10 assists before the 2019/20 campaign in Scotland ended due to to the coronavirus pandemic, his future is now being widely discussed.
Dykes’ performances have gained interest from a whole host of clubs, being valued at £2m with Sunderland on that list. Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic, Celtic and Rangers are also all reported to have shown interest in the Australia-born forward.
Whilst Dykes would undoubtedly be a good option for Sunderland this summer, given his goalscoring exploits and the huge level of interest he is reportedly attracting, it is hard to imagine the Wearside club spending £2m on one player.
Finances are expected to be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and, with Stewart Donald’s desire to sell the club, it is hardly likely that he will be willing to fund any significant summer transfer deals.
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