Sunderland have been dealt a major blow in their bid to bring Daniel Jebbison to the Stadium of Light this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun, who claim that Sheffield United are now considering the possibility of sending the centre-forward to Belgium, with Jupiler Pro League side Beerschot thought to be interested in the 18-year-old.
The report goes on to state that the Black Cats are still hopeful of clinching a deal for the England U18 international, although it is now thought that the Blades coaching team feels that a move abroad would benefit the youngster more than a move to the Stadium of Light.
Finally, it is claimed that Doncaster Rovers and Burton Albion are also interested in a loan deal for Jebbison, although the fight for the striker’s signature is said to primarily be between Sunderland and Beerschot.
Considering just how close it appeared Sunderland were to landing the signing of the Sheffield United centre-forward this summer, with the player being in attendance for the club’s final pre-season fixture against Hull City, should Jebbison indeed secure a move to Belgium rather than linking up with Lee Johnson’s side, it would undoubtedly leave Kyril Louis-Dreyfus fuming.
Indeed, while the 18-year-old does not exactly boast a wealth of experience in the EFL – or in any division, for that matter – he would nevertheless appear to be something of a coup for the Mackems, as he very much seems to possess an extraordinary amount of potential.
Having burst onto the scene by scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Everton towards the back end of last season – a goal that saw the £900k-rated man become the youngest-ever player to score on their first start in the Premier League – it was reported that the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Chelsea all added the striker to their shortlist of potential transfer targets this summer.
As such, it is somewhat surprising that Slavisa Jokanovic appears to be happy to sanction the temporary departure of the man Micah Richards dubbed a “fantastic” talent, as he could prove to be a very useful player for the Blades in their Championship campaign this season.
However, this is not something that should concern Sunderland, with it appearing highly advisable for Louis-Dreyfus to do everything in his power to beat Beerschot to the signing of the youngster – as he could well prove the difference between the Black Cats securing promotion and remaining a League One side come next summer.