Sunderland have been linked with several players this week and Phil Parkinson has revealed that the club is close to finalising a deal for an unnamed player.
After making their first purchase of the window in Kyle Lafferty last week Parkinson put to bed the rumours linking the Black Cats with a move for Gary Madine.
He did, however, reveal that the north-east outfit was due to hold a medical with a potential signing this week, stating that it will now occur early next week.
Speaking in his MK Dons pre-match press conference, as reported by the Chronicle, Parkinson said:
“We had a player who was supposed to come up yesterday for a medical but his club picked up a slight injury in training, so that has been put back until Monday.
“So we were nearly ready to make our second signing and that was changed right at the last minute.
“We are working towards things, but one or two things are out of our control – as you can see with what happened on Wednesday, with the lad coming up for a medical.”
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Parkinson confirming the players who are not on his shortlist reveals a lot more about who this unnamed player might be, and given he has added a striker it makes sense that the next addition could be a midfielder – perhaps Docherty as the Black Cats’ boss admitted enquiries have been made about the Rangers man.
The fact the club is willing to be patient and wait to see the extent of his injury is something which should be appreciated, even if the club are in need of reinforcements.
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The last thing Sunderland need is to sign a player who won’t be able to have the desired impact from the off, as in a division where third and 16th place are separated by just nine points it is very easy to fall out of the promotion picture.
Showing patience also indicates the player in question is a target worth acquiring, and hopefully if his injury isn’t too serious he will be ready for the visit of Doncaster, a team currently only one point behind Sunderland with a game in hand.
Supporters will likely be hoping the club doesn’t stop their activity if a second signing is made, though, which is understandable given just three Sunderland players have achieved an average WhoScored rating of seven or above.
Elsewhere, a recent development at Sunderland means there could soon be a significant change to the squad this month.