An update has emerged on Sunderland target Matt Crooks, regarding Ipswich’s interest in his services.
According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich are preparing to make a second offer for Sunderland transfer target Matt Crooks this month. The Tractor Boys have already seen an opening salvo of £400k turned down by Rotherham and are now lining up another attempt to prize him away from the Millers.
Kristjaan Speakman must act swiftly in order to land Crooks in the coming weeks/months. Ipswich are clearly seriously interested in completing a deal for him and are showing their ambition by attempting multiple bids for the midfielder.
If the Black Cats continue to drag their heels and opt against getting involved in a bidding war then they could miss out on Crooks and they will see one of their rivals strengthen their team with a player they wanted, which could be frustrating for fans to see. It would be a transfer blow for the club and their supporters would likely be gutted that a player of Crooks’ quality did not arrive at the Stadium of Light.
Last season, Rotherham boss Paul Warne compared Crooks’ importance to that of Mo Salah’s for Liverpool, with his performances highlighted more than others if things are not going well. He admitted that transfer speculation could have been getting to his head and labelled him as “influential” for the club.
He told The Star:
“I don’t know how many of my players are absolutely 100 percent but I think Crooksy sticks out because he was so influential over the last couple of years.
“If (Mohamed) Salah doesn’t play well for Liverpool everyone notices. With Crooksy, he is getting more like the player we want him to be.
“Has the transfer rumour and anything else that has gone on in his life affected him? Maybe. But that is just an excuse. It might not have.”
The £1.9k-per-week powerhouse could be a terrific addition to Lee Johnson’s side, as he has been able to be influential for a side drifting between League One and the Championship. Sunderland lacked goalscorers from midfield last term, with Chris Maguire’s tally of five the most any midfielder managed outside of penalties, which suggests that Johnson needs a threat in the middle to supplement his attackers.
Crooks managed seven goals in all competitions for Rotherham in the 2020/21 campaign. This suggests that he could be an even greater goal threat in League One as it is a step down from the second tier. Therefore, he could be exactly what the ex-Bristol City coach needs in his midfield.