Sunderland have been dealt a significant blow to their chances of bringing Jordan Jones back to the Stadium of Light this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claimed that Glasgow Rangers’ asking price for the 26-year-old, believed to be under £1m, is a major problem for Kyril Louis-Dreyfus and the Wearsiders as the Black Cats look unlikely to be able to afford this figure.
The report added that the winger himself is keen to secure a move south of the border ahead of the new season, with Wigan Athletic believed to have made an approach for the Northern Ireland international.
Considering just how impressive Jones was while on loan at Sunderland last season, reports that the Black Cats do not look likely to be able to secure his return to the Stadium of Light this summer, in addition to him potentially joining their opening day opponents Wigan, is sure to have left Lee Johnson fuming.
Indeed, over his 20 League One appearances last term, the £540k-rated forward scored three goals, registered four assists and created two big chances, taking 1.6 shots and making 1.9 key passes per game (Sofascore).
As such, with Johnson undoubtedly hoping that he can go one better than Sunderland’s play-off appearance last season in the club’s upcoming League One campaign and secure promotion to the Championship, the likelihood that he won’t be unable to call upon Jones could come as a real blow to the manager’s chances of finally getting the Black Cats out of the third tier.
Furthermore, should the £9.1k-per-week forward indeed go on to join Wigan, not only will Johnson be without the 26-year-old, but Jones’ goals and assists will be directly benefiting one of the club’s potential promotion rivals.