Sunderland join the chase for Rovers ace

Sunderland have entered the race to enter Blackburn’s highly-rated attacking midfielder Junior Hoilett, according to The Independent.

Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill will look to have a busy first summer in the Wearside hotseat, as he looks to build on a positive initial six months in charge at the Stadium of Light.

Hoilett looks certain to leave Ewood Park in light of the Lancashire side’s relegation from the Premier League, and his contract expires this summer also.

Due to the talented Canadian being available on a Bosman ruling, a host of Premier League clubs are thought to be ready to enter the race for his signature, including Newcastle, Arsenal and Tottenham, with Marseille and Bayern Munich also keeping tabs on the North American.

Meanwhile, the daily newspaper also state that Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner will not sign a permanent deal at Sunderland, and will be sent back to Arsenal at the end of his loan deal.

The Scandinavian forward is thought to have no place in Arsene Wenger’s plans, and as such will need to find a new club this summer.

By Gareth McKnight