Sunderland centre-forward Will Grigg is edging closer to a move away from the Stadium of Light this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun on Sunday (via Football League World), who claim that Doncaster Rovers have agreed a deal to sign the 30-year-old, although the League One side need to raise funds in order to complete the Northern Ireland international’s move to Keepmoat.
It is also reported that, as Lee Johnson is more than happy to sanction the departure of the striker prior to the closure of the summer transfer window on Tuesday, the Black Cats are prepared to pay a fraction of Grigg’s salary in order to help push the deal through.
Having joined Jack Ross’ Sunderland from Wigan Athletic in a record-breaking £4m deal back in 2019, it would appear a fair claim to make that Grigg has not lived up to his price tag during his spell at the Stadium of Light.
In fact, as a result of his poor form, Johnson decided to loan the 30-year-old out to MK Dons for the second half of last season, where, over his 20 League One appearances for Russell Martin’s side, he scored eight goals and registered three assists – something which only further demonstrates his lack of compatibility with Sunderland.
As such, it would indeed appear to be an extremely wise move for the Mackems to cash in on the £6k-per-week forward while the interest is there, as the fact the player Ross claimed is “desperate to be a success” is yet to feature in the league for Sunderland this season would appear to confirm that he is not in Johnson’s first-team plans, meaning that his rather hefty weekly wage could be put to much better use by the 40-year-old manager.