A major update has emerged on Sunderland’s Luke O’Nien’s, regarding Hull’s chances of landing him this summer.
According to the Hull Daily Mail, Championship side Hull are set to miss out on a deal for Sunderland central midfielder Luke O’Nien. The former Wycombe man is out of contact at the end of the month and Hull are interested in signing him, but are struggling to offer him an attractive proposition due to their wage structure.
The report claims that Sunderland are attempting to keep O’Nien at the Stadium of Light. O’Nien is said to have better offers than Hull’s on the table, although it remains unclear as to whether or not any of those are from Sunderland.
Earlier this year, Sunderland boss Lee Johnson heaped praise on the excellent O’Nien. Johnson hailed O’Nien’s versatility and said that he has bee very impressed by his performances. He told Chronicle Live:
“Luke has been excellent.
“I could easily have moved him around two or three times and he would have been as comfortable.
“He’s someone who has really impressed me since I came in.”
Sunderland fans will be buzzing with this news as it gives the club a boost with O’Nien’s contract situation. The report does not name any other clubs as being keen on signing O’Nien and Hull seemingly dropping out of the race to sign him could improve Sunderland’s chances of pinning him down to an extended deal.
If O’Nien is unable to attract a sizeable offer from a Championship side to take the step up, he could be more open to committing his future to the Stadium of Light.
Keeping O’Nien at Sunderland would be a gigantic boost to Johnson and Kristjaan Speakman could pull off a masterstroke by extending his contract. O’Nien enjoyed an excellent season in League One for the Black Cats, showing off his versatility as he played in central midfield, right-back, centre-back and right wing-back – averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.95. Only two Sunderland players, Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady, managed higher scores in the 2020/21 campaign.
The £4k-per-week beast has established himself as a key player for Johnson and his exit would leave a huge gap in the squad.
O’Nien’s quality could be important in regards to Sunderland’s potential promotion push, given the standard of his performances Therefore, O’Nien staying would be a huge boost to the club this summer and would be news that would be very much supported by the Sunderland fanbase.