Sunderland look set to complete the signing of Reading striker Marc McNulty, according to reports.
It’s not often a rival manager reveals your latest transfer news, but Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has claimed Sunderland have beaten him to a striker signing, per London News Online.
“There was a striker we wanted but he’s just gone to Sunderland. So, we’re competing with League One clubs. That’s the reality of it,” he said when speaking about the Addicks’ transfer business.
And Reading Chronicle journalist Courtney Friday has since confirmed that McNulty is “close” to joining the Black Cats, seemingly implying the 26 year-old is the striker Bowyer was discussing.
McNulty had a horrific spell at Reading after joining from Coventry last summer, so much so that Friday even describes his time at the Madejski Stadium as a “nightmare”.
He scored just once in 15 appearances for the Royals, before joining Scottish outfit Hibernian on loan in January, where he improved and scored eight times in 17 showings, per Transfermarkt.
But his record throughout his career suggests he could provide some extra firepower up front at the Stadium of Light. He has scored 110 times in 303 games, and also added 53 assists.
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A goal or assist every second game is hardly something to turn the nose up at, and while Friday told Roker Report the striker “struggled with the physicality of the Championship and was bullied a lot”, his intelligence, smart movement and clinical finishing should bode well for him in the third tier.
Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke combined for just eight League One goals for Sunderland last term, and it appears as though there’s going to be a committee approach to scoring the goals on Wearside this season.
If Grigg and Wyke can find their feet in their second seasons with the club and McNulty can replicate the kind of form he has showed in Scotland and at Coventry, there’s no reason why the trio can’t fire Jack Ross’ side to promotion.