Sunderland starlet goes to Wycombe Wanderers and not Hartlepool United

ON THE BALL: Billy Knott
ON THE BALL: Billy Knott

ROOKIE Sunderland midfielder and one-time Hartlepool United target Billy Knott has joined League Two club Wycombe Wanderers on a month’s loan, writes Dan Holland.

The 20-year-old, who played for the Black Cats’ Under-21 side in Monday’s 3-2 win at Leicester, makes his third loan switch since joining Sunderland in January 2011.

After spending the second half of the 2011-12 season at AFC Wimbledon, where he won their Young Player of the Year award, Knott scored eight goals in 20 appearances for Woking last season.

Knott, who made his Sunderland first-team debut as a substitute against Spurs on the final day of last season, will be available for Wycombe’s match with Oxford this weekend.

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth said, “Billy’s a tenacious midfielder with good energy and he’s got fantastic quality on the ball.

“We’ve watched him for a while and he’s a player that I admire – I’m sure he’s going to go on to big things.

“I’d like to thank Kevin Ball, Paolo Di Canio and Sunderland for allowing Billy to come here.”