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Sunderland approach group to take over the Black Cats

According to the Sunderland Echo, GACP Sports have been presented with an opportunity to take over Sunderland after Stewart Donald put the club up for sale last week.

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The group, led by Joseph DaGrosa, previously had a stake in French club Bordeaux but sold those shares, with a belief that the group was interested in investing in an English club.

Newcastle had been touted as one possible club they could get involved with alongside Peter Kenyon and it’s thought they’re still keen on a deal for the Magpies. Sunderland, however, appears to be out of the question for GACP after being approached.

Kenyon does remain an interested party in Sunderland, however, and there is potential for a deal to be struck with Donald – as long as he can find the right backing to do so, which GACP Sports are unwilling to provide.

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Need to act quickly

While results have picked up of late, going six unbeaten, there is still a clear feeling that Donald is no longer welcome at Sunderland.

That was the chairman’s reason for listing the club for sale and until he does depart it is possible he will hold the club back on and off the field.

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Donald’s ability to finance a promotion push is questionable, with a recent reliance on loan signings and free agents evidence that he doesn’t have the financial power expected of a Sunderland owner.

The investment of £9m from an American consortium in October also hints at that problem, and that means there is a real need for something to be done before the end of the transfer window.

Phil Parkinson has already strengthened the squad through the arrival of Kyle Lafferty but they will need more than that in order to push for the automatic promotion places, even if they do only lie six points behind second-place Wycombe now.

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New owners would likely bring increased investment and at least rid Black Cats’ fans of an individual they have grown to dislike, with multiple fan groups petitioning for Donald to leave over the last few weeks.

In other news, Sunderland fans were in raptures at the weekend and took a lot of joy in mocking a certain player.

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