Sunderland must seal bargain deal for Wigan’s Max Power

According to The Guardian Live Blog (08/09, 14:36), Sunderland are interested in signing Wigan midfielder Max Power.

What’s the story?

25-year-old Power made 40 league appearances for Wigan last season, scoring five goals and providing eight assists as the Latics pipped Blackburn to the League 1 title.

The man with possibly the greatest name in football began his career at Tranmere Rovers, making 127 appearances for the club across four seasons after coming through the youth system. In fact, Power captained the club at every age level from U8s right through to the first team.

Wigan have so far made eight signings this summer, including central midfielders Darron Gibson on a free transfer and Leonardo da Silva Lopes from Peterborough. The Tics picked up three points on their return to the Championship on Saturday, beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 with Power playing 90 minutes.

Ross revolution

New Sunderland manager Jack Ross has made 12 signings so far as he looks to replace big names and reduce the wage bill for the Black Cats’ first season in League 1, and has already brought Wigan’s Reece James to the Stadium of Light on a free transfer.

Ross’s new-look side beat Charlton 2-1 on Saturday and The Guardian’s Andy Hunter (Live Blog 08/09, 14:36) now reports that they are keen to sign Power.

Valued at just £675,ooo by Transfermarkt, the central-midfielder could be a bargain buy for Sunderland as they look to bounce straight back to the Championship.