Sunderland

23rd Championship | 0-0-0
    • Uncertainty between the sticks set to end at Sunderland; Steele set to join Black Cats
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      Uncertainty between the sticks set to end at Sunderland; Steele set to join Black Cats

      Sunderland are set to announce the signing of Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele, with the former England U21s stopper arriving on Wearside today in order to complete his medical examinations. Providing things go well, the ex-Boro man will join Simon Grayson’s side for around £500,000 and will link up with his new side just over a week before the season begins with a game against Derby County. Steele, from relatively nearby Newton Aycliffe, came through the youth setup at local rivals Middlesbrough and made his breakthrough as their number one back in 2010. He won Boro’s player of the year in 2013, before eventually losing his place and moving on to Blackburn Rovers in 2015. Since then

    • Jeremain Lens left out of Sunderland friendly; is the Dutch winger now set for a permanent exit?
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      Jeremain Lens left out of Sunderland friendly; is the Dutch winger now set for a permanent exit?

      Jeremain Lens will not play a part in Sunderland’s friendly against Scunthorpe with the winger left out of Simon Grayson’s squad, sparking rumours the 29-year-old is finally about to exit the Stadium of Light. The Dutchman has been busy updating his social media presence this afternoon too, with a photo of himself looking decidedly chuffed. Lens has been carrying a knock since the weekend which may explain his omission but most are anticipating he will leave Sunderland and tonight's absence only adds fuel to rumours about his future. Word spread around parts of Wearside this morning that Sunderland are near to agreeing the transfer of Lens to Turkish champions Beşiktaş despite the president of

    • Scunthorpe 0-0 Sunderland: Player ratings & match reaction live from Glanford Park
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      Scunthorpe 0-0 Sunderland: Player ratings & match reaction live from Glanford Park

      Robbin Ruiter - 8 Made an outstanding save at the end of the game to keep Scunthorpe from scoring. Had plenty to do in the first half and looked comfortable - I'm impressed based on the two performances I've seen. Very vocal, too, which is welcoming. Give the lad a contract! Brendan Galloway - 3 Very poor in the first half and not much better in the second before he was brought off for Billy Jones. Looks uncomfortable at left back, and gives the ball away far too much. He appears like a centre half playing out of position. Lamine Kone - 6 Solid enough. Can't say that he was overly good or bad - just a straight-forward performance. John O'Shea - 6 As with Kone, didn't do a great deal wrong. Adam