Martyn Waghorn has revealed some surprising news in an interview with Roker Report, claiming he tried and failed to force through a move to Sunderland in the summer of 2017.
Well, Waghorn told Roker Report: “There was a lot of talk between myself, my agent and Sunderland but Sunderland needed to move players out to make the move happen and they couldn’t get them out at that time fast enough for the move to happen.
“I was on their list of a few potential players and I’ll admit I tried to push the move through, but Sunderland had a lot of players on their hands at that time on big wages and the move had to be right for them.
“They couldn’t shift them following relegation for the move to happen and the financials meant it couldn’t happen.
“Did I want it to happen? Absolutely.”
He later added: “Hopefully I can come back in the future though, who knows.”
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Waghorn is speaking of the summer of 2017, when Simon Grayson was in charge at the Stadium of Light.
And it is surprising to hear a player who could be playing against the Black Cats next season – he eventually joined Ipswich and now Derby County, with Sunderland still on track for promotion back to the second tier – speak so openly about a failed move to Wearside.
To be frank though, the attacker’s comments merely shed more light on just how much of shambles Sunderland were under Ellis Short, unable to even complete a move for a player who was practically begging to be signed. It’s embarrassing for the infamous ex-owner to say the least.
For too long the Black Cats’ mismanagement and poor transfer dealings have held them back, but perhaps this will serve as a reminder to fans that they are now in the clear, moving in the right direction under a focused and calculating leader in Stewart Donald.
As Waghorn so aptly put it, the Black Cats could come back in for him if they manage to seal promotion… “who knows?”