Sunderland push for contract boost as Liverpool consider loan options: Middlesbrough transfer rumours
The summer transfer window is set to reopen next week on June 9 – with EFL clubs already assessing their options and trying to agree some early deals.
Middlesbrough were able to agree terms to sign goalkeeper Joe Lumley, who will be out of contract at QPR this summer.
Here are some of the latest Boro-related transfer rumours.
Sunderland hopeful of keeping quartet
Boro boss Neil Warnock said he hoped to go and watch North East neighbours Sunderland against Lincoln in the play-offs last month.
The Teessiders have been linked with Black Cats striker Charlie Wyke, although it’s understood he’s not on Boro’s radar as things stand.
Wyke is one of four Sunderland players who have been offered new contracts at the Stadium of Light, as well as Aiden McGeady, Denver Hume and Luke O'Nien, who has also been linked with Boro.
When asked about the aforementioned players, Sunderland’s sporting director Kristjaan Speakman said: "We've been in discussions with those guys and their representatives and it is always going to be a difficult period because they are players who have done well for us, hence we want to re-engage them.
"But then because they have done well for Sunderland, there are other people who have seen that and would also be interested in them.
"It's going to be a piece of work where we want to reduce the timeline as quickly as possible, and that helps us with our platform in terms of where we are going and who we might be looking at in the future.”
Liverpool consider loan options
Last summer Boro were linked with a loan move for Liverpool defender Rhys Williams.
The 20-year-old made 19 senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side during the 2020/21 campaign due to a series of injuries at Anfield.
Liverpool’s defensive options will be bolstered next season, though, after the Reds reached an agreement with RB Leipzig.to sign Ibrahima Konate.
Centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are also set to return from long-term injury layoffs.
According to Goal.com, Williams is likely to be loaned out to further his development for the 2021/22 season.