Sunderland’s former League One rivals Coventry City are reportedly interested in making a move for Tom Flanagan.
The Black Cats will look to make wholesale changes this summer after missing out on promotion to the Championship for a second successive season. Manager Phil Parkinson has been busy over the last week, negotiating new contracts for those players whose deals are set to expire at the end of the month.
Flanagan, who is one of those players currently sitting on a fresh contract offer, is yet to signal his intentions to the club, prompting speculation of an exit.
With Flanagan’s immediate future now being debated, three clubs have emerged with potential interest in making a move for the defender.
Coventry, who gained promotion to the Championship, are on that list of clubs linked with a move, whilst Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City are also said to be keen on the 28-year-old.
The central defender will now have a significant decision to make over the coming weeks if that interest is to develop from the Championship trio.
Quite why or how Sunderland have allowed so many first team players to see their current deals expire is anyone’s guess and it is something that simply cannot happen again moving forward.
Parkinson needs to develop a squad that can get back into the second tier and, whilst Flanagan would be a good asset for them to have next term, it may be that his exit opens up a fresh approach at the Stadium of Light.
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