Two deals close with further exits clearing the way for fresh Sunderland business

Dylan McGeouch
Dylan McGeouch

Sunderland are on the brink of concluding deals for a midfielder and a left-back.

Former Hibernian man Dylan McGeouch looks set to become the fifth summer signing for new Sunderland manager Jack Ross, with the Black Cats beating a number of interested clubs to secure the former Celtic midfielder’s services.

After the significant boost of agreeing an exit with ex-Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell last week, a left-back is also expected to join soon.

Manchester United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has been heavily linked with a loan switch after spells at Wolves and Leeds United in recent times.

Once those deals are concluded, the immediate focus for Sunderland will be on outgoings, while Ross takes the team through a pre-season camp in Portugal.

Ross last week admitted that, due to EFL financial regulations, further business is likely to be dictated by whether the club can secure more exits for senior players.

The indications on that front are promising, with the club in negotiations over the potential departures of six players.

Wahbi Khazri is moving towards an exit following the conclusion of his World Cup campaign with Tunisia last week.

Club owner Stewart Donald revealed that the Black Cats have turned down a number of offers for the 27-year-old, but talks are continuing and a decision is expected before long.

Khazri is not due back for pre-season training for another fortnight after his international exploits, and so it seems likely that his future will be settled before then.

The same applies to Costa Rican left-back Bryan Oviedo.

Oviedo’s salary means that the club are eager to move on the former Everton man, alongside players on Premier League contracts such as Didier Ndong, Lee Cattermole and Papy Djilobodji.