Sunderland look set to complete a deal to bring Nathan Broadhead to the Stadium of Light.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that the Black Cats have made a breakthrough in talks with Everton regarding a season-long loan deal for the centre-forward, who is scheduled to undergo a medical at Sunderland in the coming days.
The report goes on to state that Rafael Benitez has given the green light regarding the temporary departure of the 23-year-old, after assessing the former Wales U21 international during the Toffees’ pre-season tour of the United States of America.
Having lost the services of both Charlie Wyke and Chris Maguire this summer, it was evident that bringing in a fresh face up front was something of a priority for Lee Johnson before the transfer deadline at the end of the month.
And, with it appearing as if the Mackems have completed this task with a couple of weeks of the summer window to spare, the 40-year-old will undoubtedly be buzzing with his transfer team, particularly when considering how much potential Broadhead looks to possess.
Indeed, over his 18 Premier League 2 appearances last season, the £450k-rated centre-forward – who can also operate from the wing – scored an impressive 11 goals and registered three assists, playing a key role in his side finishing in fifth-place in the division.
These performances clearly impressed the former Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, who awarded Broadhead his Premier League debut in the club’s 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion in April this year.
Furthermore, the man David Unsworth dubbed “one of the best players” he’s worked with also has experience of playing in League One, having scored two goals and provided two assists over 19 appearances while on loan at Burton Albion back in 2019/20.
As such, it would very much appear that the capture of Broadhead is something of a coup for Sunderland, with the young forward clearly boasting the potential to finally help fire Lee Johnson’s side out of the third tier of English football.