Sunderland have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Daniel Jebbison to the Stadium of Light this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Alan Nixon, with The Sun journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that Sunderland have now been joined by Doncaster Rovers and Burton Albion in the race for the Sheffield United centre-forward.
However, the journalist goes on to state that, despite the fresh interest in the 18-year-old, Kyril Louis-Dreyfus and his side remain confident of getting a deal over the line for the England U18 international.
In his tweet, Nixon said: “Sunderland. Still hopeful of a loan deal for big lad Jebbison at Sheff U. But both Doncaster and Burton are in too.”
Considering how close it seemed Sunderland were to completing a deal for Jebbison ahead of the new League One campaign, with the striker having been in attendance for the club’s pre-season victory over Hull City last week, should the Black Cats ultimately miss out on a deal for the Sheffield United starlet this summer, it will undoubtedly leave Louis-Dreyfus gutted, so he will be worried that he’s not yet been able to get a deal signed off.
Indeed, with both Charlie Wyke and Chris Maguire having left the club upon the expiry of their contracts earlier this summer, Lee Johnson would appear in rather desperate need of greater depth in the position, as the pair ranked as the club’s top two goalscorers in all competitions last season – contributing 38 goals between them.
And, although the £900k-rated Jebbison is still rather inexperienced, having made just four first-team appearances so far in his career, considering the potneital he demonstrated towards the end of last season with the Blades, he would appear to be a fantastic addition to the Mackems attack.
Indeed, in scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Everton, the 6ft 3 Jebbison became the youngest-ever player to score on their first start in the Premier League, with his emergence onto the scene making the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Chelsea sit up and take notice of the 18-year-old.
So, the signing of the man Paul Heckingbottom dubbed an “impressive” player would certainly appear to be quite a major coup for Sunderland – if they can beat Doncaster and Burton to his signature.