Sunderland are edging closer to the signing of Bristol City’s Bailey Wright, according to Football Insider.
Phil Parkinson revealed that he was set to make his second signing for the club this week before a slight injury delayed the medical until after the weekend, and it is believed that Bailey is that man.
Considering the defender’s injury record, only playing four times this term, that would certainly make sense, and Football Insider report that the Black Cats are in pole position to bring in the 27-year-old on loan.
The Australia international could even make the switch permanent at the end of the season as his contract is up in the summer, and that is thought to be interesting Sunderland.
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The north-east outfit have been linked with a variety of players from Liam Boyce to Greg Docherty and that suggests Parkinson is looking to improve his squad in every position, even in defence, an area he appears to have got right in recent weeks.
During Sunderland’s six-game unbeaten run they have only conceded four goals, mainly thanks to the five-at-the-back system, but the introduction of Alim Ozturk has also played a valuable role as he has made a number of impressive appearances of late.
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While that is a positive, the arrival of Wright is something which should please supporters and the Black Cats’ boss even more.
The Robins player has tremendous experience with 130 appearances at Championship level and 24 international caps under his belt, and he could provide a commanding presence to lead the defence with an assuredness that has been missing at times, such as in the 3-0 defeat by Scunthorpe.
Lee Johnson has described Wright as a possessing a “warrior spirit”, and if he can instil belief and a hard-working attitude into the Sunderland camp then they will likely reap the rewards.
In comparison to Ozturk, whose place in the team he will likely take, he has averaged three tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game, while the Turk has managed just 0.6 and 1.1 in the same areas, despite playing a division lower.
Ozturk has never reached the same level of playing standard as Wright either with spells at Hearts and Turkish second-tier side Boluspor, and because of that Wright is a clear upgrade on the 27-year-old.
In other news, Sunderland are putting a lot of effort into new recruits this month and there could soon be more good news for supporters.