Lee Johnson’s Sunderland forward Aiden McGeady is attracting interest ahead of the summer transfer window.
That’s according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who claimed in a recent post on Twitter that Peterborough United are considering a move for the 35-year-old Sunderland man in the upcoming transfer window.
He said: “Peterborough: Interest in McGeady at Sunderland. Chance of Championship football one way or another for the old wizard.”
While the Black Cats missed out on automatic promotion due to a poor run of form towards the back end of the season, Lee Johnson’s side did manage to secure a top-six finish in the third tier, meaning the club still have a shot at promotion to the Championship through the play-offs.
McGeady played a pivotal role in this achievement, with the winger highly impressing over his 29 League One appearances this season, scoring four goals, registering a whopping 14 assists and creating 10 big chances for his teammates, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.23 – ranking him as the club’s second-best performer in the league.
As such, regardless of whether or not Sunderland go on to secure promotion, the prospect of losing McGeady to Peterborough – who themselves went up automatically – is likely to come as gutting news for both Johnson and fans of the club alike, as it would very much appear that McGeady is central to the Black Cats’ chances of either retaining their potential status as Championship side, or getting them out of League One, next season.
However, with the £653k-rated man earning an extremely decent wage of £19k-per-week at Sunderland – an amount that is more than double of Peterborough’s top earner – the question must be asked as to whether Posh could afford a move for the 35-year-old this summer, something that provides the Black Cats with a glimmer of hope of the winger staying at the Stadium of Light as of next season.