Sunderland have been overtaken by Hull City in the race to sign Rochdale’s Ollie Rathbone, according to Football Insider.
Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson is seemingly desperate to build a squad capable of gaining promotion from League One to the Championship after missing out last season, finishing eighth place in England’s third tier.
A number of significant changes have already been made by Sunderland in attempt to improve their squad which include the arrivals of Aiden O’Brien, Morgan Feeney, Bailey Wright and Remi Matthews.
Rathbone is in high demand this summer after his standout performances in League One for Rochdale, seeing him make 24 appearances last term whilst scoring two goals and providing three assists.
With a whole host of clubs said to be interested which include Fleetwood Town and Oxford United, Hull are now said to have pushed forward with their interest.
The report from Football Insider does claim that Dale turned down an offer from the recently-relegated Tigers as they look to hold out for a more lucrative deal.
Rathbone did impress last season but whether he is the type of player Sunderland need is questionable. Phil Parkinson needs to sure up his attacking options and that should be his first priority.
Goals win games and very little consistency from his strikers last term saw the Black Cats finish out of the play-off places.
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