Sunderland are interested in a deal to bring Todd Kane to the Stadium of Light this summer.
That’s according to a report by London Football News, who claim that the Black Cats, as well as Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth, are keen on a move for the Queens Park Rangers right-back in the upcoming transfer window.
It has also been reported that, despite the fact that the £720k-rated defender still has a year left on his contract at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, Mark Warburton would be happy to part with Kane this summer, as he is looking to bring a new player in the position.
While it is undeniable that signing a player who came through the youth ranks at Chelsea, has been dubbed as “magnificent” by Gary Bowyer and has a wealth of Championship experience under his belt could well be seen as something of a coup for Sunderland ahead of their third consecutive League One campaign, there are a number of reasons why Lee Johnson should avoid a move for the 27-year-old in the upcoming transfer window.
Firstly, in an interview with ‘R’ Generation (via West London Sport) earlier this season, Kane stated his belief that he is a better right-back than his teammate Osman Kakay, who had been starting ahead of him in Warburton’s QPR side.
Kane then went on to boast that Sheffield United had previously wanted to sign him for a figure of £13m, as well as mentioning the fact that Kakay had been sent on a loan spell in the Scottish Championship.
Finally, the 27-year-old has not been all that impressive over his 28 Championship appearances for Warburton’s side this season, averaging a SofaScore match rating of 6.75, ranking him as the club’s 15th-best performer in the second tier.
As such, it would appear wise for Johnson to avoid a move for the QPR troublemaker this summer, as he could well prove to be more trouble than he is worth at the Stadium of Light.